Kylian Mbappe has already returned to Paris Saint-Germain ahead of a potential meeting with Lionel Messi
On Wednesday, just three days after the final, the World Cup top scorer returned to training with Paris Saint-Germain. Lionel Messi is still in Argentina, where celebrations have taken a sickening turn at times towards the French striker.
Between a sense of duty and laziness, Kylian Mbappe decided. Even the employer brought up this very obvious choice. Paris Saint-Germain broadcast, via social media, on the morning of Wednesday, December 21, pictures of the World Cup top scorer again in training, barely three days after the final match, which the French team lost to Argentina.
How is the Blues forward, who looked particularly gloomy after the defeat (3-3 ab, 4-2 mt) against Albiceleste, in Lusail (Qatar), Sunday, December 18, as well as the next day, during the reunion of the Blues with the French public Place de la Concorde in Paris? “Better, better, better, better,” Mbappe slipped quickly, dressed in a gray tracksuit, as he walked through the front door of the PSG training centre. The player’s early return was a surprise because, like all his teammates who participated in the Qatar World Cup, he should have benefited from at least ten days of rest after the competition.
Late Wednesday afternoon, PSG coach Christophe Galthier commented on the club’s channel on Kylian Mbappe’s early return. “I am very happy to see Kylian,” said the Parisian coach. He made a great World Cup. It is also a strong signal to everyone, that a player who is obviously disappointed not to lift the most beautiful of trophies, even if he is a top scorer, communicates very quickly with the group to prepare for the upcoming deadlines. Obviously we are very happy to have him back. »
At the same time, between a sense of celebration and camaraderie, Kylian Mbappe’s Paris Saint-Germain partner Lionel Messi seems undecided. Since Sunday evening, the Argentina captain has been enjoying the joy of Argentina’s world title celebrations. Laughing in the locker room after the final or on the double-decker bus in which the Argentines paraded on Tuesday, December 20, when they returned to Buenos Aires, Messi has not even bothered to speak out yet to try to put an end to this problem. Disgusting demonstrations by some of his colleagues or his country’s fans towards Mbappe.
In this respect, Albiceleste’s goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez, was particularly “outstanding”. From Sunday evening, in the dressing room at Lusail Stadium, he called for a “Minute of Silence for Mbappe”. On Tuesday, on the sidewalk of the double-decker bus that was transporting the national team, himself shirtless next to Lionel Messi, the audience choked with a doll in his arms hung a picture of Kylian Mbappe’s face.
Another scene likely to create lasting tensions between the two Paris Saint-Germain stars is circulating on social networks. We see Messi, hilarious, receiving a stuffed “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle”, an old (not really accurate) nickname for the French striker being Donatello, one of the cartoon characters.
The Argentine fans had the worst gestures. Some of them burned a fake coffin with a picture of Kylian Mbappe. This image and Emiliano Martinez’s mistakes were widely circulated on social networks, but once again, Messi did not see fit to speak out to call his compatriots into order.
Scaloni is playing a game of appeasement
The actions and words, and sometimes the racism, of some Argentine supporters cannot be justified. They may be a reaction to the statements of Kylian Mbappe, in May, in an interview with the Argentine channel TNT Sports. The PSG forward said: “The advantage we, Europeans, have is that we always play among ourselves and have high-level matches all the time, like in the Nations League. When we get to the World Cup, we’re ready, as Brazil and Argentina don’t have that level.” “In South America, football is not as advanced as in Europe. That’s why, if you look at the last World Cup, the Europeans always win.”
So far, only Lionel Scaloni, the Argentina coach, has sought to restore calm: “For me, I misinterpret his words, because he plays with his South American team mates and understands well,” he commented on Tuesday, in a newspaper conference. There are times [shouldn’t] Entering into it in controversy, because I don’t think that’s what he wants at all. »
Contacté mercredi by Le Monde, le Collectif Ultras Paris, le principale de supporteurs du Paris Saint-Germain, ne souhaite pas commenter this situation and ne se prononce pas sur l’accueil who sera réservé à Lionel Messi for his retour in the club de Capital. Paris Saint-Germain should resume competition on December 28, as part of the 16th day of Ligue 1, during which they will host Strasbourg at the Parc des Princes.