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Kylian Mbappe has come under scrutiny after fans felt he blocked Lionel Messi’s goal bound shot on purpose.
Paris Saint Germain were in Ligue 1 action on Saturday afternoon as they welcomed Brest to Parc des Princes. Christophe Galtier’s side took the lead on the half hour mark. Messi picked up the up inside the Brest half and played a stunning pass over the visitors’ defence, which landed perfectly at Neymar’s feet.
The Brazilian took a brilliant first touch before slamming a left footed volley into the back of the net.
Before the goal in the 30th minute. Messi could have opened the scoring in the 19th minute.
Messi was found unmarked inside the penalty area, the Argentina legend controlled the ball wonderfully on his chest and arrowed a left footed volley that was heading towards the bottom right corner.
However, Mbappe was in the wrong place at the wrong time as Messi’s goal bound shot hit the Frenchman and ricocheted out of play.
Mbappe preventing Messi from scoring 😭😭😭pic.twitter.com/Aa5Qq70JnO— Hamza (@lapulgafreak) September 10, 2022
Some fans were adamant that Mbappe blocked Messi’s shot on purpose.
One fan said: “Nice block by Kylian Mbappe on the Lionel Messi shot for PSG.”
Another tweeted: “He never passes or assist Messi and now blocking, Mbappe is doing everything.”
A third fan added: “He is determined to not get messi on the score sheet lmao.”
Another fan said: “Mbappe’s ego got in the way of Messi goal bound shot.”
There has been speculation that tensions were starting to rise between PSG’s star trio Mbappe, Messi and Neymar. Especially between Mbappe and the Brazilian, however, manager Galtier dismissed the rumours.
He said: “The relationship between Ney and Kylian is very good, and I'm not giving you the runaround.
“They are together in the training exercises, they are often together in the warm-ups. Yes, there was that match situation. And I discussed it yesterday with Kylian, who I think, I think, has discussed it with Ney.”
After the much needed win, PSG remain top of the Ligue 1 table as they have racked up 19 points from their first seven matches.
Next up for Galtier’s side is a Champions League clash against Israeli side Maccabi Haifa.