PSG Grades: Forwards
2 - Mbappe: Paris Golden Boy. The Child of Bondy. The Savior of PSG. All of that for a stinker the size of Notre Dame. Perhaps the expectations were too high... or perhaps Mbappe just doesn't have it in Paris... or maybe Paris Saint-Germain as a whole doesn't have a clue about how to help Mbappe. Whatever the case, and without taking merit away from Julian Nagelsmann's game plan and tactics to stop the forward, Mbappe was subpar at the very least and had one of his worst games of the season, full stop. It felt like he had entered a head-to-head competition with Messi to see who could have a worse game, didn't he? Get ready, young man, because Real Madrid is coming for you with a full bag. Take the dough and fly free once and for all.
2 - Messi: There was a moment through the game, I don't even remember when exactly but past halftime, that I just gave up on Messi this season and going forward when it comes to his staying in Paris. You know Messi doesn't give a damn at all when it comes to Ligue 1 games. He didn't care about the cup, nor anything else other than the Champions League group stage, and the World Cup after that. Then, about the games against Bayern (a bit), because he actively chased the ball (when PSG was in possession of it, mind you) and seek teammates to pass him the ball to try and do something... that his age just doesn't allow him to do anymore. After a year and a half of Messi at PSG, I think it is very obvious this partnership 1) didn't lead anywhere positive and 2) won't do so in the future. There shouldn't be many doubts about whether or not to extend Messi's contract for another year or two at this point. Fingers crossed he joins Inter Miami, Newell's Old Boys, or Al-Whatever next summer.
(Sub) NR - Ekitike: Glorious 10-minute cameo... if the lad conforms with telling his grandkids that he once played in a last-16 game of the Champions League.