PSG player ratings: History makers Lionel Messi & Kylian Mbappe inspire season's best display vs Marseille

Kylian Mbappé Lionel Messi PSG
Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi starred in the absence of Neymar, leading Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-0 win over Ligue 1 rivals Marseille.

PSG broke the deadlock after 25 minutes, as Mbappe ran in behind and met Lionel Messi's pass with a driven finish. He returned the favour 10 minutes later, threading a cross through a defender's legs for an easy tap in for Messi.

The duo only continued to dazzle, with Messi finding Mbappe again with a delicate chip — which the French international swept into the bottom corner on the volley.

Marseille had their moments, but PSG defended dutifully and kept a valuable clean sheet, while extending their Ligue 1 lead to eight points.

GOAL rates PSG's players from Stade Velodrome...

  1. Goalkeeper & Defence

    Goalkeeper & Defence

    Gianluigi Donnarumma (7/10):

    Made a couple of neat saves, kept a clean sheet. A good day.

    Nordi Mukiele (7/10):

    The more conservative of the wing-backs. Didn't do much wrong defensively.

    Sergio Ramos (7/10):

    Dominant in the air and tidy on the ball. Not the centre-back he once was, but Ramos can still perform at this level.

    Marquinhos (8/10):

    Threw himself in front of shots, made some key blocks. Crucial in keeping a clean sheet as the game wound down.

    Presnel Kimpembe (5/10):

    Substituted early after sustaining another leg injury. It's been a spell of rotten luck for the France international.

    Nuno Mendes (7/10)

    Recovered well to prevent Tavares from scoring. Made some excellent forward runs.

  2. Midfield

    Vitinha (7/10):

    Better defensively, and more convincing driving forward. Only lost the ball once, which was crucial against an aggressive Marseille midfield.

    Marco Verratti (8/10):

    Active off the ball, reliable on it. Makes this team so much better.

    Fabian Ruiz (7/10):

    Made the most tackles in the match, got forward often, and found Messi and Mbappe with regularity.

  3. Attack


    Lionel Messi (9/10):

    Assisted the first and third, scored the second. Still massive in big moments. Scored his 700th club goal. The best ever.

    Kylian Mbappe (9/10):

    Scored the opener with a lovely diagonal run and finish. Assisted the second with a nutmeg pass. Buried the third with a controlled volley. Now PSG's joint all-time top scorer with 200 goals. Magic.

  4. Subs & Manager

    Subs & Manager

    Danilo Pereira (6/10):

    Brought on early to replace the injured Kimpembe and slotted into the right side of a back three. At times uncomfortable, but positionally solid.

    Warren Zaire-Emery (6/10):

    Entrusted with a shift at right-wing-back and did well.

    Juan Bernat (6/10):

    Extra legs for a tiring Nuno Mendes.

    Christophe Galtier (8/10):

    Started with his preferred three centre-back formation. Got his midfield configuration right, and let his stars do their thing. Eight points clear atop Ligue 1 after a rocky spell.