- Lionel Messi was spotted lying down on the pitch to defend a free-kick for Paris Saint-Germain against Man City
- The six-time Ballon d'Or winner scored his first goal for the Parisians in style after being assisted by Kylian Mbappe
- Rio Ferdinand believes that it was disrespectful for the Argentine to defend a free-kick lying down on the floor
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How it all happened
Pep Guardiola's men were awarded a freekick in the 90th minute while PSG were 2-0 up and the Argentine was among the defensive wall.
The 34-year-old humbly laid down on the ground knowing full well he is the reason many players do the same to defend free-kicks.
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Riyad Mahrez blasted his shot over the wall as the Parisian breathe a sigh of relief and held on to record their first win in the competition.
It was not only their first win but it was Messi's best performance in a PSG shirt and scored his first goal for the club on the same night.
However, Man United legend Rio Ferdinand felt it was disrespectful for a player of Messi's calibre to lie on the pitch to defend a free-kick.
Ferdinand was quoted by Daily Mail:
"The moment Pochettino asked him to do that on the training ground, someone should have gone in there and said 'no, no, no, no, no'. It just doesn't happen to Leo Messi. It's disrespectful, I wouldn't have it.
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"If I was in that team, I'd say: 'listen: I'll lay down for you'. Sorry, I couldn't have him laying down like that. He doesn't get his kit dirty! That's not what Messi does."
Messi accused of not favouring Donnarumma to be in goal
Meanwhile, Briefly News had earlier reported that Gianluigi Donnarumma is not having the best of times at his new club Paris saint-Germain after just making two appearances so far this season, Sport Bible.
The stunning reports claim that the likes of Neymar, Marquinhos and Angel di Maria prefer three-time Champions League winner Keylor Navas to in between the sticks.
Source: Briefly News