The PSG superstars will play on the same field for the first time since the World Cup final on Sunday night, and sparks could fly…
Leo Messi was given a guard of honor when he went back to Paris Saint-training Germain’s ground after winning the World Cup with Argentina. His teammates cheered and clapped as he walked onto the field for the first time since moving to France from Argentina.
PSG, a team known for its disagreements and splits, was united and focused on just one player.
A few people were not there at that time. But one thing was very missing.
Kylian Mbappe, who came in second place in the World Cup final and had to watch as Messi’s Argentina won, was nowhere to be found.
By the time Messi got back, PSG’s other star winger had flown to New York for a short break, even though he had been training for almost two weeks.
It was said to be nothing, just a coincidence. But it only spread rumors of a rift between the two stars, which was almost certain to happen and could split PSG.
Even so, the Parc des Princes isn’t exactly known for its peace and quiet. PSG has three of the best football players in the world.
Mbappe is the young superstar who is said to have an inflated ego. Neymar is the best player who hasn’t reached his full potential, and Messi is the humble but demanding GOAT.
It’s hard to keep all three happy. The Parisians have to keep a very fine balance, since Mbappe, Neymar, and Messi are all considered to be top players in their own right and all contribute equally to a great attacking team.
It’s a system where each person gives up as little as possible to help everyone succeed. But history shows that even the smallest push can throw everything off.
This became clear in September 2021, just a few months after Messi joined PSG. After a bad pass, Neymar and Mbappe got into an angry argument on the field. An injured Messi didn’t comment.
Mbappe told SPORT after the fight, “We’ve had a lot of words like this in the past and will continue to do so because we both want to win.”
Recently, it was said that Mbappe was upset that Messi and Neymar, who have been friends for a long time, were getting closer off the field. He then got into a fight with the Brazilian on the field about who should take penalties.
And the chaos just keeps getting worse.
Three months ago, it was reported that Mbappe had asked to leave Parc de Princes. At the time, he was halfway through a contract that made him the highest-paid player ever and, in effect, the sporting director. The club was furious and told the winger to publicly take back what he said.
Then came a strange kind of harmony. The three started to work together, maybe because they were all thinking about the World Cup. PSG went undefeated in Ligue 1 and moved on to the knockout stages of the Champions League without making a lot of noise.
The three of them celebrated goals together, were seen laughing at practice, and turned out to be the deadly attacking trio that many people had hoped for. If that’s any indication, social media activity was regular and friendly.
Neymar had scored 21 goals in Ligue 1, Messi had scored 17, and Mbappe had scored 15.
But since then, things have become risky. Even though Mbappe scored a hat-trick, Messi led Argentina to victory over France in the World Cup final.