In order to keep PSG and Benfica’s undefeated record in UEFA Champions League play, Kylian Mbappe makes it all about him.

PARIS — After his most recent scandal, Kylian Mbappe was once again the center of attention at Parc des Princes on Tuesday as he scored a penalty in a 1-1 draw with SL Benfica. The goal from the France international gave the home team the lead in the first half, but Joao Mario’s penalty kick in the second half gave the visitors a point.

Instead of what he did on the field, Mbappe’s pre-match actions ensured that he was the subject of continual conversation. The news that the former AS Monaco player is unhappy at PSG and feels “betrayed” by the club’s leadership after extending his contract months ago surfaced on Tuesday afternoon.

Before the game began, sporting advisor Luis Campos was forced to address the media as a result of the escalating reports. Even while the Portuguese transfer specialist downplayed the rumors and refuted any suggestion of a behind-the-scenes takeover, the damage had already been done and eyebrows had begun to raise.

With Mbappe, Neymar, and Pablo Sarabia in the attack in place of Lionel Messi, Christophe Galtier applied some early pressure. After then, the action died down, and it took a penalty for the tie to be broken before Les Parisiens’ No. 7 stepped up to slam home.

However, Benfica was far from out of the game as the Portuguese powerhouses managed to get back into the game thanks to a careless foul by Marco Verratti. The hosts came near to winning the match thanks to a superb equalizer from Joao Mario, and Mbappe came the closest to being PSG’s hero thanks to a disallowed late acrobatic effort.

After the game, Sergio Ramos said, “The only thing I can say is that Kylian is a friend and is extremely pleased here each day.” “I do not believe the claims that he left after the previous season because he did not. We don’t read the news because we are too busy doing what we’re doing.”

With PSG and Benfica both five points ahead and a possible six points on the line following Maccabi Haifa’s 2-0 victory over Juventus, the 1-1 result left Group H in an ambiguous situation. Next time around, Galtier’s team can advance with a victory over the Israeli team at home, but Roger Schmidt’s team may make things worse for the Old Lady in Lisbon.

Ramos continued, “I think that the only thing we needed a little bit here was determination. “The distinction is made by the little things. This crew is physically strong and technically proficient. To keep going and finish first in the group is what matters most.”

But the perception that Mbappe is becoming a possibly uncontrollable figure after this most recent episode will persist for a while. While his unquestionable talent makes him important to PSG, his character makes it difficult for both colleagues and fans to connect with him.

The question is how much it will actually cost this Parisian team for Mbappe to win his battle to hold the same position that he plays with France. Although they are unbeaten under Galtier, they are still very much a work in progress as they head into this weekend’s difficult Classique match against their archrivals Olympique de Marseille.