This guy who crushed PSG’s opener against Man City in the skylight, we’ve seen it before.
At first we thought it could be Idrissa Gueye, but it just couldn’t be.
The midfield destroyer who played for Everton?
The tough tackler who was sent off for a horrific challenge over Ilkay Gundogan the last time Man City came to Paris?
Surely not. Well, it turns out that was him – and the player we once knew has become an absolute goal machine.
We probably shouldn’t be surprised that the Senegalese international already has four goals this season, given how his goal against City was sent into the top corner of the top corner in PSG’s 2-0 win.
Lionel Messi, who finally put weight on Gueye’s shoulders with a goal tonight, is not the only prolific star to arrive in Paris this season as Mauricio Pochettino has transformed his once defensive midfielder.
With Kylian Mbappe charging to the right, Lionel Messi running to the near post and Neymar taking off, it made everyone smile when Gueye was the unlikely man to break him at home.
Reacting to the comments, former City defender Danny Mills said: “Messi is running a meteoric run into the box, a really smart run through the goalkeeper. It takes a few defenders away.
“Neymar comes out of goal in space, he was looking to shoot but it’s an aerial shot.
“Gueye sends it to the top corner, unbelievable. It’s an absolutely amazing finish. Impossible to stop.
Why was he there? The 32-year-old spent more time in his own penalty area during his time at Everton.
In each of his three seasons on Merseyside, Gueye would rival N’Golo Kante at the top of the charts for tackles and interceptions, earning much less credit in the process.
This side of his game was also featured tonight, as the midfielder disrupted many City attacks in dangerous areas before putting PSG in his way.
Destruction has always been his role, and he went a little too far the last time he faced City.
A horrific challenge on Ilkay Gundogan saw him sent off as City came from behind to beat PSG 2-1 – and Gueye was later suspended for the return leg as the French side crashed.
Messi will undoubtedly steal the headlines tonight and Gueye will once again go under the radar.
But Paris saw another man reborn tonight – and another story of redemption.
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