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"PSG are a stain on Messi's legacy": How social media reacted to Real Madrid's incredible Champions League win

Real Madrid 3-1 PSG
(Image credit: Getty)

Have you got your breath back? Real Madrid fans still haven't. 

PSG were 1-0 up and cruising in the home of the Galacticos – well, 2-0 on aggregate – only for history to repeat itself tonight. Real Madrid dug into the reserves and out of nowhere, Karim Benzema pushed his international strike partner Kylian Mbappe firmly off the pedestal with three goals to turn the tie in Los Blancos' favour.

We've seen it before – but no matter how many times PSG capitulate in Europe and no matter how many times Real Madrid pull it out the bag, it's still astounding to watch. Social media exploded.

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FFT editor-at-large Andy Mitten was at the Bernabeu for this one, where one Real fan in front of him simply never gave up hope, apparently telling those not singing to go to the theatre. We fully expect him to be singing all night, now.

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On the night that Manchester City brought on a veteran Champions League winner – and progressed to the quarter-finals – Richard Jolly made a comparison to PSG's sullen no.30. 

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He's been booked in his career and has no World Cup Golden Boot, though…

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Paris Saint-Germain's apparent fairweather forwards did little from the 60th minute onwards – though the Bernabeu's collective heart stopped for a moment during a Messi free-kick in the second half.

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Rub it in, why don't you, Fab.

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In the pandemonium of Real Madrid's third and decisive goal, David Alaba got carried away in celebration and encouraged the home fans by waving furniture at them. 

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Except Pochettino made a Champions League final with Moussa Sissoko and Fernando Llorente…

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One of these days, sports psychologists will give us a definitive reason as to why the team with 13 Champions League titles are never out of a tie – whoever they're playing against, with whichever players. It's simultaneously so simple and so perplexing. 

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Credit to Carlo: he brought on Eduardo Camavinga, Lucas Vazquez and Rodrygo and somehow, Real Madrid found that extra gear that PSG just didn't have. 

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We bet PSG swung an envious glance or two over at the Blues last season.

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Strong words. So far, that big move to Paris hasn't really worked out, has it?

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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. Over his time on the brand, he has interviewed the likes of Aaron Ramsdale and Jack Wilshere, written pieces ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career, and has been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals, working for FFT