Paris-Saint-Germain’s panoply of stars hasn’t always worked in harmony.
But, on Friday, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé combined for a sublime goal that seemed otherworldly in its precision and fluidity.
In a sweeping move, Messi dribbled into midfield and then played a one-two with Juan Bernat, who was in the left corner of the box, before the Argentine transferred the ball to Mbappé.
With a heel kick, Mbappé found Messi – this time inside the box – and the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner rounded the goalkeeper and kicked the ball into the net.
PSG took a 2-0 lead against Ajaccio with that 78th-minute goal and eventually won 3-0, after a brace from Mbappé and an outrageous goal from Messi.
The reigning Ligue 1 champion remains unbeaten in this season’s competition and tops the table with 10 wins from his first 12 games.
After a disappointing debut season with PSG in which he scored just four goals in 23 league games, Messi has scored six goals in the first 11 games and provided nine assists this season.
“Obviously people come to the stadium to see Leo, the PSG team, Kylian,” PSG head coach Christophe Galtier told reporters afterwards.
“Tonight Ney [Neymar] was absent, but for him too. I say it often, but [Messi] is one of the best players in football history. He likes to play for others, has a great relationship with the ball and is very selfless.