Lionel Messi propelled Paris-Saint Germain to an exhilarating 3-2 victory against RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday, but the night also uncovered the Argentine’s magnificence.
Having gone on through a clinical Kylian Mbappe strike, PSG wound up trailing after goals from Andre Silva and Nordi Mukiele either side of half-time.
It set up for a Messi masterclass with the forward scoring twice to bring the French giants back in front.
The first game came after some smooth play with Mbappe and the second was Messi. The 34-year-old held his nerve to coolly dispatch a Panenka penalty in the 74th minute to at last dominate the match.
Yet, there was still an ideal opportunity for more show with PSG being granted one more penalty in the 94th minute of the match when Achraf Hakimi was bundled over in the box.
Messi was supposed to have moved forward to finish what might have been his first full go-around since moving to the club but, all things considered, it was Mbappe who took the penalty.
The French forward bursted his work clear of the crossbar and Messi was left with his head in his grasp. Mbappe missed it.
After the game, Mbappe talked about the penalty miss, and said:
“It’s normal, it’s respect,” Mbappe told reporters after being asked why Messi took the first penalty.
“He’s (Messi) the best player in the world, it’s a privilege he plays with us, I’ve always said it.
“There’s a penalty, he takes it, period. For the second, he said, ‘Take it.'”
Lionel Messi is now getting to know PSG, despite a lethargic beginning when he initially joined the team. His connection up play with Mbappe is now working.
PSG now top Group A with Leipzig, still without a win in this season’s competition.