Lionel Messi gave all the credit to Kylian Mbappe after opening his Paris Saint-Germain account in style against Manchester City.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner was not at his very best in the Champions League group stage clash but came alive at the end of the second half and reminded us all what a genius he is.


The 34-year-old picked up the ball on the halfway line down the right, jinked inside and played a glorious one-two with Mbappe before smashing the ball into the top corner.

It was his 121st goal in the Champions League and his first in PSG colours.

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The joy on Messi’s face was wonderful as he wheeled away in celebration, but he humbly pointed at Mbappe for his silky backheel.


Messi had come close with efforts in previous games and was understandably thrilled at finding the net for a 27th time against an English side in the Champions League.

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In stoppage time, the Argentine ace proved what a team player he is when he did the job of lying down in the wall when Riyad Mahrez lined up in a free-kick.

Messi, given his star power and ability, would be well within his rights to turn down the role but he did it with no hesitation.

However, Manchester United Rio Ferdinand wasn’t a big fan of Messi having that responsibility.


“The moment Mauricio Pochettino got him to do that on the training ground, someone should have said, ‘No, no, no no.

“This doesn’t happen to Leo Messi. It’s disrespectful, I wouldn’t have it.

“If I was in that team I’d say, ‘Listen, I’ll lie down for you’. I couldn’t have him lying down.”

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