A display of sublime artistry and surprisingly selfless interplay sees champions-elect PSG against Clermont Foot as they stride onwards towards the title.
However, their massive margin of victory only came about due to a rapid acceleration in the closing stages.
With the outcome still very much in the balance at 2-1 to the visitors with 20 minutes to go.
Mbappe earned a penalty – subsequently converted by Neymar – and a rampant Paris side then ran away with the points.
Mbappe hit a superb hat-trick, Messi managed a trio of assists, while Neymar was intermittently at his irrepressible best, making it a game to remember despite the lopsided scoreline.
CLERMONT (4-2-3-1): Arthur Desmas;
Akim Zedadka, Jean-Claude Billong, Alidu Seidu, Arial Mendy;
Johan Gastien, Yohann Magnin; Saif-Eddine Khaoui, Jason Berthomier, Jodel Dossou;
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma;
Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Presnel Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes;
Danilo Pereira, Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye;
Lionel Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe.
PSG LEAD! Capitalising on their early supremacy, the visitors go in front through Neymar, who takes a low pass from Messi into his stride, brings touch, and fires the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the six-yard box. Already, it’s Clermont 0-1 PSG!
PSG’s superstar triumvirate combine with the sublime skill to provide their side with a beautiful second goal: Neymar clipping in a cross from the left, which Messi chests down and guides into Mbappe’s path. The French forward does not hesitate in sliding the ball home past a stranded Desmas, and Paris leads 2-0!
CLERMONT STRIKE BACK! The hosts reduce their arrears! A delightful pass from Berthomier finds Khaoui charging towards the right byline, with Ramos left flat-footed, and Dossou arrives with perfect timing to turn the ball in at the far post. Clermont 1-2 PSG!
From the spot, Neymar strokes the ball into the left side of the net after taking a typically staggered run-up to the ball. However, Desmas is well beaten, and Paris leads 3-1!
Another world-class exhibition opens up the Clermont defence as Neymar’s exquisite outside-of-the-foot pass drops over Mbappe’s shoulder and into the striker’s path. He pulls the ball down and skips around Desmas to roll the ball into an empty net from close range. 4-1 PSG!
Mbappe nets his third goal of the game with a curling finish into the top-right corner from the edge of the box. Yet again, Messi provided the assist, but the clinical finish came from his younger teammate. Now, it’s 5-1 to PSG!
SIX FOR PARIS! From nowhere, the visitors suddenly lead by five, as Mbappe turns provider for Neymar to strike home from close range past the disillusioned Desmas. 6-1 PSG!