Lionel Messi’s stunning pass that sets up Kylian Mbappe for record-breaking goal in just 8 seconds into the game against Lille.
The fastest goal in Ligue 1 history was scored by Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, with the PSG forward scoring just eight seconds into the match at Lille.
After setting up Kylian Mbappe to score just eight seconds into Paris Saint-match Germain’s against Lille, Lionel Messi has gone viral online. The Frenchman’s lightning-quick goal is currently the fastest in Ligue 1 history.
Following Mbappe’s contentious remarks in which he compared the caliber of South American international competitions to those of Europe, allegations have surfaced that there is bad blood in the PSG dressing room between Messi and Mbappe and Neymar.
But when Messi conjured up another moment of magic to send Mbappe streaking through on goal right from the start at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, the high-profile pair showed no symptoms of animosity.
The lightning-fast goal—which eventually received official confirmation as the fastest in Ligue 1 history—left the former French champions in disbelief.
WHAT A START! 😱
It's taken Kylian Mbappé just 8 SECONDS to open the scoring for PSG against Lille 😮💨 pic.twitter.com/ziibIszhWL
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 21, 2022
Moments after setting up his teammate, Messi scored PSG’s second goal in the 27th minute with a calm first-time shot from the edge of the box following a deft cut-back from Nuno Mendes.
Before Messi picked up his second assist of the evening by gliding the ball onto Neymar in the penalty area, PSG’s astonishing first-half rout was expertly finished by Achraf Hakimi and PSG.
After having a challenging first season in the French capital the previous year, Messi has continued his stellar start to the current Ligue 1 season with a masterful first-half performance at Lille.
After his shocking departure from Barcelona last season, the 35-year-old was criticized by both fans and commentators for scoring just six league goals for PSG, while recording 14 assists.
However, Messi has had a scorching start to the new 2022–23 season. With his performance at Lille, the veteran has now racked up three goals and three assists in as many games, quelling some of his detractors.
Despite Messi’s strong start to the current campaign, questions have been raised about his friendship with Mbappe, who signed a new long-term contract with the French powerhouses earlier this year.
Last month, Mbappe and Neymar got into a heated argument about who should take a penalty, appearing to push past Messi to do so.
On Sunday night, though, PSG’s star-studded striking three seemed to be working together as they masterminded the French champion’s devastating first-half performance against Christophe Galtier’s previous team.