PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has defended Lionel Messi following his Champions League penalty miss against Real Madrid.
Thibaut Courtois saved the Argentine’s penalty kick, but Kylian Mbappe saved the day with a stoppage-time strike to secure a 1-0 victory.
It was only his 5th penalty miss in 23 attempts in the tournament, but it is tied for the most in history with Thierry Henry.
However, in his legendary career, he has now failed to convert 30 efforts from 12 yards, a disgraceful record for a player of his caliber.
Despite this, Donnarumma, who had an easy clean sheet on the night, defended his teammate.
“I have nothing to say about Leo. These things happen to everyone. We’ve all heard of Leo Messi. We have a lot of champions here who can influence the game, and Kylian scored, but we all played fantastically”, he told Mediaset and Sky Sport Italia after the game.
Messi’s penalty miss may have been significant, as it would have placed the tie in a difficult position heading into the second leg. Mbappe, on the other hand, scored a great individual goal late in the game to crush Los Blancos.
Donnarumma, who started the game in place of former Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, praised the Frenchman for his timely heroics.