Paris Saint-Germain had a phenomenal start to the season, with surprising numbers both individually and collectively. Much of the responsibility for this lies with the stellar trident made up of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, the ‘MNM’, who, if they continue like this, will surely challenge the scoring record of Barcelona’s MSN (Messi-Suárez-Neymar).
Barça’s South American forward line played together three seasons and marked their initials in many statistics of modern soccer, but undoubtedly their moment of greatest splendor was in 2015-2016, in which they scored the bestiality of 131 goals, 78 of them in La Liga. In that trio, Luis Suarez occupied the place that Mbappé has in Paris.
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PSG’s forward line looks set to break several records this season under Christophe Galtier. Indeed, in just three Ligue 1 fixtures, they have already scored a total of 17 goals, 12 of which were scored by the MNM trident. They also played in the French Super Cup, a match in which Mbappé did not take part but in which Messi scored a goal and Neymar two.
A few months before the start of the World Cup in Qatar, the improvement in the numbers of both Messi and Neymar are striking. The Argentine has three more goals (one with a bicycle kick) and two more assists than in his first four games last season, and with the Brazilian it is even more clear: he signed the best start of the season since he arrived in European soccer with seven goals and six key passes.
It could be a record-breaking season for PSG’s trident
If they keep on scoring like this, the progression shows that the three could end the league season with a total of 152 goals, not counting their participation in the Champions League or other competitions. These are undoubtedly frightening numbers. But then, of course, they will have to prove what is expected, taking into account possible injuries and the locker room disputes that the French press insists on stirring up.