‘Hand over the Ballon D’Or’: Liverpool’s £13m target outshines Messi

Rennes fans must have hoped luck was on their side when Neymar and Kylian Mbappe spooned almost identical chances over the crossbar in the opening exchanges of Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash with Paris Saint-Germain. 

And, when Lionel Messi clattered the crossbar with a long-range free-kick moments later, Rennes boss Bruno Genesio could have been forgiven for assuming opposite number Mauricio Pochettino had taken a sledgehammer to an entire House of Mirrors before strolling under 13 ladders on his way to Roazhon Park. 

There was nothing fortunate about the way Rennes took the lead, however, showing Messi, Mbappe and Neymar the way with a brilliantly constructed goal entirely against the run of play. 

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