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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— mx (@MessiMX30i) September 28, 2021
Notice how Messi instantly points to Mbappé who provided the brilliant assist 🔥 pic.twitter.com/aa5n6FAtaq
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/RlF3BEKACU— J. (@MessiIizer) 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.— Fior😏 (@SwedruHavertz) September 28, 2021
🐐 things pic.twitter.com/7SiNICRnRf
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.
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.
"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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