Lionel Messi proved class is permanent and sent a reminder to Kylian Mbappe he is still among the world’s elite.
PSG’s young superstar was outstanding at the Nou Camp in their Champions League round of 16 first leg tie.
His hat-trick gave the French club a 4-1 aggregate lead to take back to the Parc des Princes.
And Mbappe’s opener from the penalty spot in the return match on Wednesday evening looked to end the tie.
It also saw Mbappe become the youngest player ever to reach 25 goals in Champions League history.
At 22 years and 80 days, the World Cup winner broke Messi’s record, but that only appeared to frustrate the Argentinian genuius.
Minutes later, the Barcelona forward responded in the best way possible with an absolute rocket into the top corner which Keylor Navas couldn’t get near.
The incredible strike served as a reminder to how good Messi really is still at the age of 33.
Messi has now scored 19 goals from outside the box in the Champions League too.
And since his debut in the competition back in December 2004, only great rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who was dumped out with Juventus on Tuesday at the hands of Porto, has scored more from range in the Champions League with 20.
BT Sport presenter Gary Lineker tweeted: “He’s (Mbappe) been sensational in the first half, but this goal from Messi is something special.”
Sadly for Messi, he wasted a great chance to pull Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona back into the tie from the penalty spot before half time.
In stoppage time, he saw his drilled effort deflected onto the crossbar by Navas.
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