Lionel Messi was on the end of another out-of-this-world gesture last night when Paris Saint Germain defeated RB Leipzig at the Parc des Princes in their third group stage match of the UEFA Champions League. It was a gesture very uncommon amongst football greats including his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
Paris Saint Germain came into this game with the hope of maintaining their first position in the group ahead of Manchester City who had earlier thrashed Club Brugge 5-1 away from home. Mauricio Pochettino fielded a very strong lineup ahead of the encounter. Leipzig on the other hand was expecting a miracle against a star-studded Paris Saint Germain team.
The game began with the host team breaking the deadlock in the early minutes of the game through Kylian Mbappé before the visitors came from behind to take the lead as they headed into the final twenty minutes of the game. Lionel Messi proved why he was voted six times Ballon d'Or winner by netting a brace to condemn the visitors to their second defeat of the competition.
Nevertheless, the main purpose of this article focuses on the incredible gesture exhibited by the diminutive Argentine which is worthy of mention. It took place in the stoppage time of the second half when Paris Saint Germain was awarded a penalty. Lionel Messi gave Kylian Mbappé the nod to take the kick but unfortunately, he missed it.
That notwithstanding, Lionel Messi still gave him a pat on the back and they both smiled as the match came to an end. Also, the surprising thing is that despite the criticism thrown at the Argentine due to his lack of goals and with the perfect opportunity for him to score a hat-trick, he still chose his teammates over himself as he wanted Mbappé to score a brace as well. We've also witnessed a case where Messi dropped a penalty pass to Luis Suárez to score during one of their La Liga games when they were teammates at Barcelona.
This kind gesture from Lionel Messi is rarely executed by Cristiano Ronaldo whom many football fans call 'Penaldo' due to his love for penalties. Cristiano Ronaldo is no doubt one of the greatest players on the pitch but hardly will one see him give away a penalty kick to a teammate irrespective of how many goals he has scored in the game.
A typical example was in the case of Portugal's match against Luxembourg in which he had already scored a penalty in the game but then chose to take the second. Ronaldo is one player that is obsessed with goals and a snub from a teammate in a goal-scoring position can cause unwarranted tantrums from the Portuguese but remember, it doesn't change the fact that he is one of the best footballers on earth.
Cristiano Ronaldo still has about 4-5 years of active football judging by his physical appearance and passion for the sport and therefore it will be nice to see him replicate this great gesture before he finally retires. Once again, It was great to see Lionel Messi score two great goals, thereby taking his total goals to three after so much hate thrown at him.
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