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.
MESSI AND MBAPPE COMBINE FOR A BEAUTIFUL GOAL!
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 28, 2021
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.
The joy on Messi’s face was wonderful as he wheeled away in celebration, but he humbly pointed at Mbappe for his silky backheel.
JUST LISTEN TO THE ROAR THAT COULD BE HEARD ALL OVER PARIS
Notice how Messi instantly points to Mbappé who provided the brilliant assist 🔥 pic.twitter.com/aa5n6FAtaq
— mx (@MessiMX30i) September 28, 2021
Messi scores his first goal for PSG and his first thought is to point at Mbappé and thank him for the assist. pic.twitter.com/RlF3BEKACUAdvertisement
— J. (@MessiIizer) September 28, 2021
Messi points at the man who assisted him for his first goal with PSG. 🤩
— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) September 28, 2021
Mbappe setting up for Messi’s first goal for PSG, Messi points at Mbappe during Celebration.. Why seeing this feels weird. https://t.co/FjU9edTQSU
— Mbapping (@Mbapping) September 28, 2021
Messi making sure to point out Mbape amidst the euphoria of his first goal is why I have no worries about the apparent tension between Neymar and Mbappe. Eventually, they’ll fall in line with the alpha
— Doomo (@DoomoGroup) September 28, 2021
You probably can’t tell but Messi is pointing at Kylian Mbappe for assisting his first goal with PSG pic.twitter.com/TkeulAoxMo
— 挨果代 (@xcvijb) September 28, 2021
Messi Didn’t forget to point finger to Mbappe. My goat🐐🐐🐐
— IamABA (@CoolABADev) September 28, 2021
Messi scores his first goal for PSG and his first thought is to point at Mbappé and thank him for the assist.
🐐 things pic.twitter.com/7SiNICRnRf
— Fior😏 (@SwedruHavertz) September 28, 2021
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.
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.
Photo of the night 📷 pic.twitter.com/bKx6iX3Rlr
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) September 28, 2021
Lionel Messi isn’t afraid to do the dirty work 👏 pic.twitter.com/oJG6FATnZr
— Goal (@goal) September 28, 2021
However, Manchester United Rio Ferdinand wasn’t a big fan of Messi having that responsibility.
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 28, 2021
“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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