Marquinhos enjoyed the “best night” of Paris Saint-Germain as Kylian Mbappe hit a hat-trick and Angel di Maria signed in style in a 5-0 win over Metz.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side downplayed Metz by winning the title in their final game of the season after Mbappe signed a new contract.
It was announced before the start of the match at Parc des Princes on Saturday that French striker Mbappe had sacked Real Madrid to sign a new three-year contract with Ligue 1 champions.
Meanwhile, Di Maria, who left the stadium in tears during a late transfer, marked his last appearance in the team after seven years in the French capital by scoring goals.
Marquinhos told Prime Video Sport: “Respect to Di Maria deserves everything he has done. Kylian [Mbappe] has scored points and announced his extension, it is a very good night.”
And the captain is well aware of the importance of Mbappe’s adherence following so much talk that he was on his way to Madrid.
He added: “[Kylian] was very strong; he never said a word, he didn’t show anything. While we were in the studio, the event [when his new contract was announced] was a huge boost for the show.
“[His extension] is a big step, but there is still a lot to be done, we have to analyze what is good and what is not so good this season.”
Marquinhos also paid tribute to outgoing Di Maria, who is closely associated with Serie A giants Juventus.
“[Angel] is good, he’s a decent man. He’s a great player,” he continued.
“He always makes a difference to us – especially me; he gave me many passes.
“It’s touching when you see such players go; it’s part of my story here. It hurts to see him go, we just have to thank him.”