Watch: Ex-Man Utd starlet Angel Gomes left stunned by Messi request

Angel GOMES (losc) during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Lille and Lorient at Stade Pierre Mauroy on January 19, 2022 in Lille, France.

Former Manchester United youngster Angel Gomes was left stunned by Lionel Messi’s request for his shirt in return after PSG’s 5-1 victory over Lille on Sunday evening. 

The England Under-21 international is currently plying his trade in France, having departed boyhood club United in search of more regular senior minutes back in the summer of 2020.

Gomes reportedly rejected a number of contract renewal offers at Old Trafford, having made just 10 appearances for the club after his first-team debut – replacing Wayne Rooney as a late substitute – in a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace back in May 2017.

After moving abroad, the 21-year-old got his wish, featuring regularly for Portuguese Primeira Liga outfit Boavista last term, while his parent club Lille won the Ligue 1 title against all odds.

Now back in France and turning out for the reigning French champions, Gomes caught the eye by scoring and assisting in a 3-1 victory over Wolfsburg in the Champions League back in December.

It now appears that PSG will be reclaiming their Ligue 1 title at a canter; Sunday’s emphatic victory at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy saw Mauricio Pochettino’s men move 13 points clear at the top of the table and a massive 24 points ahead of Lille, faltering in midtable.

After the match – in which Messi scored his first goal of 2022 and put in a performance that should make Real Madrid very worried indeed – Gomes sought out the Argentinan, asking for his shirt.

It’s quite heartwarming to see just how surprised the young Englishman is to see Messi – one of the best players in the world since Gomes was a child – ask for his shirt in return.

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