The confrontations against Lionel Messi seem decidedly to inspire Kylian Mbappé, author of a hat-trick, on Tuesday, during the first leg against Barça.
This fall, the reception of Portugal at the Stade de France had given rise to several moments of complicity between Kylian Mbappé and Cristiano Ronaldo, the two men exchanging several times during the meeting. A “bromance” completely assumed by the tricolor world champion, who had indeed published on social networks photos of their face-to-face, captioned Idol and accompanied by the crown and goat emoji (goat in English, also the acro of “greatest of all time” = the greatest in history).
Tuesday is this time Lionel messi who stood in front of Kylian Mbappé and it is clear that the exchanges between the two men on the occasion of the clash between the Barça and the PSG were limited to the strict minimum. And if the Argentinian was also reduced to the minimum portion, the six-fold Golden Ball having to settle for a penalty and a few flashes in the first period, his Parisian alter ego, on the other hand, made his two feet speak. A strong shot from the left in six meters after having mystified Clément Lenglet, a recovery from the left after a ball badly repelled by Gérard Piqué then a marvel of striking wound from the right after an express counterattack: the prodigy of Bondy delivered a real recital.
Like an air of déjà vu
Thanks to this hat-trick, Kylian Mbappé undoubtedly signed his greatest European performance in the Paris jersey. A mondovision festival that is reminiscent of the one held during the last World Cup in the round of 16. It was already against Lionel Messi. The Frenchman was content with a double this time, but he also took advantage of his distant duel against the native of Rosario to explode in the face of the world. And while PSG strangled Barça in its lair (1-4), the Blues had passed the Argentine obstacle proposed on the road to their second star (4-3).
These two demonstrations of strength from Kylian Mbappé against the one who is considered by many to be the best player in the world necessarily have the air of a transfer of power. At almost 34 years old, Lionel Messi was once again able to see firsthand that the next generation was ready.
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