Lionel Messi almost cleaned out by pitch invader with PSG star left wincing

Lionel Messi was almost cleaned out by a pitch invader – and then slide tackled by an onrushing steward during PSG's Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich.

The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner, who hasn't won the competition since 2015, was left wincing in pain after a slipping steward slammed into the back of his legs.

With the incident coming seconds after the final whistle, the 37-year-old was left with something else to think about following goals from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Serge Gnabry.

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The Bundesliga juggernauts won the first leg 1-0 at the Parc des Princes through Kingsley Coman and it was another former PSG man in Choupo-Moting to double it.

Despite the Ligue 1 form of both Messi and Kylian Mbappe, Christophe Galtier's men crashed out 3-0 with their chances of winning the competition for a first time already over.

It could also be Messi's final game in the competition with his contract up at the end of the season, but he has hinted an extension might be on the cards.

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"As I said at my first Champions League press conference this season, we were going to do our maximum. That's our maximum, that's the truth," Mbappe told reporters.

"What were PSG missing? Not much when you look at the two squads. They have a great squad, built to win the Champions League."

With Bayern bringing on Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Joao Cancelo and Sadio Mane off the bench, Julian Nagelsmann's men look well placed for European glory.

AC Milan also reached the quarter-finals with a 1-0 aggregate win over Tottenham, with Chelsea and Benfica already in the hat from the previous night of fixtures.

With Manchester City drawing 1-1 with RB Leipzig after the first leg in Germany, Chelsea did enough to beat Borussia Dortmund to make the last eight.

Other sides who will be confident of making the next round are Napoli, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, who all impressed in their respective openers against Eintracht Frankfurt, Porto and Liverpool.


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