After winning Ligue 1 Player of the Year for the 2022–23 season, Kylian Mbappe thanked his Paris Saint–Germain (PSG) colleague Lionel Messi for his efforts.
The club’s star performer during their championship-winning season has been the France international. Mbappe has participated in 33 Ligue 1 games this season, scoring 28 goals and dishing out six assists. On the list of top scorers, he is now one goal ahead of Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette.
The newly appointed France captain thanked Lionel Messi, his striking partner, specifically for his accomplishments this season. Mbappe was cited as saying the following during his acceptance speech (via PSGTalk): Of course, I appreciate Leo [Messi], who has aided me as well as all the teammates.
This time around, Lionel Messi himself has had a fantastic season for PSG. In 31 Ligue 1 appearances, he has tallied 16 goals and the same number of assists. The league’s top assist producer at the moment is the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner. With just one game left in the season, he comfortably leads Jonathan Clauss (11 assists) of Marseille in second place.
Messi has played 40 games in all competitions this season, scoring 21 goals and dishing out 20 assists. PSG won their 11th overall title this season and its second straight Ligue 1 championship behind Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. The pair only won the league this year after falling short of the UEFA Champions League and the Coupe de France.
However, Messi was a member of the Trophee des Champions-winning squad at the beginning of the 2022–23 campaign. In July 2022, he scored once in a 4-0 victory against Nantes. Due to his ban, Mbappe was inactive in this game.
Due to the expiration of his two-year contract, Messi’s final season at PSG may very probably be the 2022–23 season. On the pitch, though, the Argentine superstar and Kylian Mbappe have forged a strong bond.
Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe have played in 66 games together and contributed to 34 goals in their two years in the French city. Mbappe had 14 assists from the Frenchman compared to 20 from Messi, the former Barcelona ace.
This season, the assaulting pair also ran into one another. In the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final between Kylian Mbappe’s France and Lionel Messi’s Argentina, the South American team prevailed via a penalty shootout. On that occasion, Mbappe scored a hat trick while Messi grabbed a brace.
Lionel Messi received a message from his Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) teammate, Kylian Mbappe, after winning the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award for the 2022-23 season. Mbappe expressed his gratitude to Messi for his contributions and support throughout the season.
Both players had impressive performances, with Mbappe scoring 28 goals and providing six assists in 33 Ligue 1 games, while Messi recorded 16 goals and 16 assists in 31 appearances. PSG won their 11th overall title and second consecutive Ligue 1 championship with the help of Messi and Mbappe.
The pair formed a strong partnership on the pitch, contributing to a total of 34 goals in their two years together at PSG. Despite their success in the league, PSG fell short in the UEFA Champions League and Coupe de France. The article also mentioned that Messi’s contract with PSG is set to expire, potentially making this his final season with the club.