3 Talking Points from PSG's win over Lens
3. Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi can work together... will the latter want that to last?
Finally, after navigating a worrying slump lasting a few games, Mbappe finally got to score a goal once more. He's now the joint top-goalscorer of the Ligue 1 with 20 goals in 27 games (through MD31).
While Mbappe can still (and probably will) get crowned as the French top-goalscorer, the truth is that he's been so bad of late and through the second half of the season that his numbers have cratered.
Mbappe scored on just 23% of the shots he's taken, hitting one goal every 110 minutes, and scoring 0.82 goals per 90 minutes. Not bad, not great either, and definitely unacceptable coming from a top-3 world player.
Perhaps more important for the future, as this season is virtually over already, is what will happen with Mbappe and Lionel Messi. On Saturday, at least for 30 or 40 minutes, both were engaged, willing to lead PSG to a win, and doing anything and everything in their power to put on a show for those watching live on location and from home to enjoy.
Is this sustainable, though? No doubts when it comes to the young Mbappe, but at the end of the day it will all come down to Messi and what he wants or not to do going forward. Saturday's Messi was sublime and broke another ridiculous record (495 goals in the European top-5 leagues).
Will Messi keep doing that while playing for the team each and every week instead of only getting ready to win a World Cup (or whatever is in his mind next season)? If that's the case, then PSG should extend his contract. If not, they should be more than happy allowing him to return to Barcelona to finish second in LaLiga and crash out of the group stage of the next edition of the Champions League.