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Opinion: Though Messi was kind to let Mbappe take the 2nd spot kick, the decision was unprofessional

Lionel Messi had an opportunity to score his first hat-trick for PSG in a UCL match against RB Leipzig last night, and to take his goal tally to 4 UCL goals for PSG, but he turned down the chance to do that when a late penalty was awarded to PSG. Messi ought to have stepped forward to take the spot kick, given he had already scored one earlier. But instead, he passed up the chance for a hat-trick by allowing Kylian Mbappe to take the penalty. And unfortunately, Kylian Mbappe blazed the ball over the bar.

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There is no argument over whether Messi would have scored or lost if he had stepped forward to take the spot kick. But in my opinion, allowing Mbappe to take it up at that crucial time was unprofessional of Messi.

For starters, the UCL match between French giant PSG and their German opponent RB Leipzig was an exciting encounter filled with uncertainties. Remember, it was PSG who drew first blood when Kylian Mbappe scored in the 9th minute, only for RB Leipzig to reply with two goals to dramatically take the lead in the encounter. Aside from that, the visitors were unpredictable with their pace and counter-attacking football and would have shocked PSG countless times.

Thanks to the resilience and hard-fighting spirit of PSG's defense, and Lionel Messi's efforts in the 67th minute and an additional penalty in the 74th minute, PSG's lead on the night was restored.

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Yet the game was far from being over as the visitors continued to pile up more pressure in PSG's own half. Despite being one goal down, RB Leipzig looked more determined to savage a draw in the encounter, and a goal would have been more devastating to PSG.

When PSG had the penalty in the 90+ minutes, it was an outright opportunity to put the game away and out of reach of the visitors, and to wrap it up. And no better person could have done it than Lionel Messi, who is regarded as the greatest of all time. But instead, he passed it up to Kylian Mbappe, who did not fail to blaze the ball over the net and missed a chance to wrap up the game. 

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Regardless of whatever reason Messi has for passing up the ball for Mbappe to take the spot kick, I still feel the most professional approach would have been for him to step forward to take the penalty and wrap the game up. And this has nothing to do with being selfish or being kind. The goal of playing the competition is to win, and professionalism in football means taking the chance when it comes. Messi not taking the chance to convert the penalty could have backfired against PSG. And in my opinion, it's unprofessional. Don't you agree? Be kind in the comments section.

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