Mbappe: Why I gave Messi the penalty

UEFA Champions League

Kylian Mbappe has explained why he and Lionel Messi exchanged penalties as Paris Saint-Germain walked away 3-2 winners over RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.

The France star opened the scoring at the Parc Des Princes in the ninth minute courtesy of a quick counter-attack that began at the edge of the home side's box.

The German outfit equalised in the 28th minute through Andre Silva, with the game going into half-time in a stalemate. Leipzig then took the lead after just 10 minutes following the restart, but Messi scored a leveller in the 67th minute.

Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the action between PSG and RB Leipzig

Arguably the most notable incident of the night came when Mbappe won a penalty for his side and gave it to Messi to take, with the Argentine making no mistake in converting it.  

PSG were later awarded another spot-kick in added time, and the former FC Barcelona talisman decided to let Mbappe take it this time, despite having a chance to score his first hat-trick for the French giants. However, the Frenchman missed the target completely from the spot. 

After the match, Mbappe revealed the reasoning behind their unexpected sharing of penalties. 

"[On the penalties] It's normal [that I let Messi take the first], it's about respect," the PSG No. 7 told Canal+. 

"He's the best player in the world, it's a privilege that he plays with us, I've always said it.  

"If there's a penalty, he's the one that takes it, full stop. On the second one, he told me 'Take it', it was at the end, he gave it to me and I took it." 

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After three matches played, PSG are top of Group A with seven points, while Manchester City remain in second with six points. 

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