Paris Saint-Germain, it is often said, are a team carried by Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

The 2020 Champions League runners-up, though, have a third Galactico in their ranks: Marquinhos.

The 26-year-old Brazil international may not have the profile of his offensive colleagues, but the centre-back proved once again on Wednesday that he is a vital pillar in their side.

Marquinhos is the reason that PSG go into the final matchday of the Champions League group stages strongly favoured to progress, having been critical in the manufacture of their 3-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Of course, the headlines in France will be won by Neymar for his outstanding game-sealing strike in stoppage time, but the foundation behind the success was his compatriot at the other end of the field.

The spotlight may be Neymar’s, but it was Marquinhos who produced the fixture’s two defining moments. Continue reading

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