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After an unselfish gesture from Messi, Mbappe backs him into winning his 7th Ballon D'Or

We bring you the latest on what transpired in last night's blockbuster encounter between Paris and Leipzig.

In a show of "respect," Lionel Messi gave Kylian Mbappe a late penalty instead of breaking the record for most Champions League hat-tricks.

Michel Mbappe has said that Lionel Messi, his Paris Saint-Germain teammate, "totally deserves" to win the Ballon d'Or after the Argentine's selfless effort towards the French superstar prevented him from breaking a record.

Despite Messi being on the pitch for what would have been a Champions League record eighth hat-trick and scored a penalty earlier in their 3-2 win over RB Lezipig on Tuesday, Mbappe took a penalty in the 94th minute.

But he blasted his shot over the crossbar, saving PSG's comeback triumph at the Parc des Princes, despite the fact that regular taker Neymar was left out of the Group A encounter due to injury.

Mbappe claimed after the game that he gave Messi his first penalty before the 34-year-old returned the favor and gained the 22-year-support old's in his bid for a seventh Ballon d'Or.

"Why did I award Messi the penalty?" That's what teammates do," Mbappe said in an interview with RMC Sport.

"He's the greatest player in the planet."

"He gave me the opportunity to take the second penalty." Unfortunately, I was unable to convert.

"It's an honour to play with him, and if he wins the Ballon d'Or, he totally deserves it."

In a separate interview with Canal+, the World Cup winner, who is poised to depart the club in June 2022 once his contract in his native capital expires, said it was "respect" that led to Messi giving him the chance to score a second goal.

Mbappe gave Mauricio Pochettino's team the lead in the ninth minute, but they fell behind in the second half to goals from Andre Silva and Nordi Mukiele.

Within seven minutes, Messi struck twice to turn the game around.

As Les Parisiens attempted to seal the win, right-back Achraf Hakimi was fouled by replacement Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol, prompting VAR to instruct Italian referee Marco Guida to check the pitch-side monitor again.

Pochettino and his team were under pressure to deliver in front of their own fans after thrashing Club Brugge 5-1 earlier in the evening.

"I think it was a match in which we started well by scoring," the former Tottenham Hotspur manager told RMC Sport, via Get Football News France.

"After that, we had a tough spell against a team that had scored three goals against Manchester City."

"Leipzig is a club that can create opportunities, and they were quite threatening."

"However, I believe we shown character." Pochettino stated, "We fought through adversities."

"We demonstrated a certain level of organization in order to attack the game, hold on, and showcase our talent."

"I have no doubt that we will progress with time."

What are your opinions on Messi's gesture from last night, and do you think it gives him a chance to win his seventh Ballon D'Or?


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