Kylian Mbappe’s performance leading the Paris St-Germain team was in stark contrast to that of Lionel Messi, who seemed powerless to prevent the visitors running away with it at the Nou Camp after his penalty gave Barcelona a first-half lead.
That must have hurt, seeing the French youngster do Messi things in the arena that the Argentine superstar has repeatedly thrilled us over the last decade and more.
Messi turns 34 in June and is out of contract at the end of the season. Mbappe, 22, has just over a year on his contract at PSG. Mouth-watering to think what happens what!
Kylian Mbappe netted a sublime Champions League hat-trick for Paris St-Germain to upstage Barcelona’s Lionel Messi on his own turf and draw comparisons with Brazilian Ronaldo.
At the age of 22, Mbappe has already won the World Cup with France and his latest showing signalled his capabilities of being the heir to Messi’s throne.
A display of ice-cold finishing allowed PSG to take a commanding 4-1 lead into the last-16 second leg at Parc des Princes on 20 March.
“It is clear that he is a great footballer, today he has shown it with this hat-trick,” said PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino. “The great players are creating a path and these three goals put him in the media spotlight.
“We had no doubts and we are happy for him, it’s normal, there are going to be rumours [about him leaving]. What is clear is that he is happy in Paris and we all want to find the best way.”