“He’s the best player in the world”: Messi & Mbappé kindling relationship at PSG

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“He’s the best player in the world”: Messi & Mbappé kindling relationship at PSG

Messi and Mbappé blossoming in young partnership

When Lionel Messi left Barcelona and swapped Catalunya for the French capital and Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain, all the buzz surrounded the Argentine rekindling his on-pitch and off-pitch close relationship with former Barça teammate Neymar.

The pair were part of an attacking trio at the Camp Nou – along with Luis Suárez – dubbed MSN that terrorized all opposition that stood in their way, and many were excited to see the South American pair join forces once more.

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But at the moment it has been Messi teaming up with French wonderkid Kylian Mbappé to great effect on the back of the Brazilian star missing time with an abductor issue.

Messi and Mbappé brought PSG back from the dead in a comeback win against RB Leipzig last night in their Champions League group stage clash, putting to rest previous speculation that Mbappé was viewed as an outsider in the PSG forward line and ostracized by the South American duo.

There have already been reports suggesting (cited by MARCA) that Mbappé and Neymar hardly get along, with the French starlet calling Neymar a “tramp” on the pitch during their win against Manchester City, while Neymar has ignored Mbappé on the pitch both in terms of communication and on a tactical level.

Despite the rift between the young Frenchman and the Brazilian icon, Messi and Mbappé, who labeled the Argentine as “the best player in the world” and mentioned a growing mutual respect on the pitch after Messi while stating “he has come to our team, [and] it is a privilege that he has come to play with us.”

A magician coming alive

Life at PSG did not start brilliantly for Messi after his move to Paris this summer, and to date, the Argentine has completed just 190-minutes of Ligue 1 football, missing six of a possible nine chances to feature on the domestic front for Mauricio Pochettino.

“He’s the best player in the world”: Lionel Messi & Kylian Mbappé continue to foster relationship

PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 28: Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on September 28, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

But on the biggest stage in Europe, Messi has come alive. Three goals in three Champions League fixtures, including a brace against RB Leipzig and a goal against former boss Pep Guardiola has seen the Argentine net 50% of PSG’s goals in the competition thus far.

Though his dominance has not been felt in domestic play just yet, he has risen highest when asked against the best on the continent and given his stature in the game, that is all that many would ask for given the current landscape around the season.

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