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PSG and Madrid went into half-time with the scores level at the Parc des Princes, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men threw away an incredible chance in the second half from the spot-kick.
Daniel Carvajal wiped out Kylian Mbappe in the Madrid box and PSG were awarded a penalty in the second half of their round-of-16 Champions League tie.
Messi stepped up for the subsequent penalty and swept the ball towards the bottom corner, only for Thibaut Courtois to deny him with a superb save.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner’s miss initially appeared to be costly for PSG, with fans taking to social media to ruthlessly slam Messi for becoming a ‘shadow of his former self.’
Scoring penalty is not for everyone. Messi is finished 😂😂😂— Bengazy👻 (@__yawjunior) February 15, 2022
Messi is a shadow of the player he was. Painful to watch.— Stephen james murphy (@Stevie30715) February 15, 2022
Messi. Lol. A shadow!!! So so poor.— Banter Herrera (@coffeentcaramel) February 15, 2022
Messi is the best finished player I’ve ever seen— Wale Ekaette•🦉 (@Drwhales_) February 15, 2022
Messi missed a pen and 1 minute after Ronaldo scored.— Trix (@Trix__11) February 15, 2022
I know who's the finished one here.
The only positive about witnessing a finished Ronaldo is watching an equally finished Messi. Fair play 🥲— Femi ابوبکر Bakre (@femibakre) February 15, 2022
Mbappe is proving to the world the reason why he’s the best player in the Psg team. Messi is finished!!— Ghana Yesu✝️ (@ghanayesu_) February 15, 2022
lionel messi is actually finished huh pic.twitter.com/oPAyiukvrH— c 🥶 (@gemitouch) February 15, 2022
One fan tweeted: “Is Messi now a shadow of himself?”
Someone else posted: “Only one who looks lively is Mbappe. Hoping for a bit of Messi magic but he’s a shadow of his former self.”
“Finished Messi should have allowed prime Mbappe to take the penalty,” a third Twitter user wrote.
Another commented: “Messi is incredibly finished, terminate his contract, IMO.”
While a fifth added: “No way Messi is playing in Mbappe’s shadow.”
Despite Messi’s missed chance against Madrid, PSG secured a sensational injury-time winner thanks to Mbappe.
Neymar, who replaced Angel Di Maria in the second half, linked up with the 23-year-old French forward by picking him out with a superb backheel.
Mbappe then burst into the box and, in the process, beat Eder Militao and Lucas Vazquez before slotting past Courtois with a sublime finish.
PSG will travel to the Santiago Bernabeu on 9th March for their second-leg Champions League tie with Madrid.