PSG superstars mock the club. And the sheikhs themselves are to blame.
Nikita Paglazov June 15, 2023, 07:00 Moscow time
The management allowed Messi, Neymar and Mbappé too much.
PSG have lost the most stellar attacking trio in world football. Lionel Messi did not sign a new contract with the club, instead he went to the United States to play for Inter Miami. It is also very likely that Neymar will leave Paris. The main option for the Brazilian is the Saudi Al-Hilal, who offered him 200 million euros a year. PSG’s main asset, Kylian Mbappe, will also leave the club: not now, but in the foreseeable future. The player notified management that he would not renew the contract, which ends in the summer of 2024. PSG pardoned many of its stars and now they only wipe their feet at the club. And the bosses of the Parisians still think that everything is normal?
The first negotiations were arranged by Neymar. The Brazilian has long infuriated management and fans. Neymar was banned and injured from flying to Brazil to celebrate family birthdays there. Or he could calmly go to a poker tournament after PSG’s defeat in the Champions League. This happened, for example, after the first game of the round of 16 of the 2022/2023 Champions League with Bayern. Neymar also constantly organizes parties in his mansion, which once angered even the mayor of the city of Bougival, where the Brazilian lives. Yes, when he plays striker he is one of the best in the world and a great assistant for PSG. But Neymar misses games too often and is too toxic and relaxed off the pitch. It is clearly not what PSG need to succeed in Europe.
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The main scandal with Messi occurred at the end of Leo’s French period. The Argentine after the match of the 33rd round of Ligue 1 with Lorient (1: 3) flew to Saudi Arabia, although he should not have done it. The footballer clarified the possibility of absenteeism of the head coach Christophe Galtier and the sports director Luis Campos. They both replied that they could only fly if they won. But the Parisians relented, which means Leo shouldn’t have left Paris. However, Messi still went to Saudi Arabia. According to Goal, citing L’Equipe, the world champion received proper permission from PSG’s Qatari bosses. That is, he bypassed Kampusch and Galtier, possibly undermining his authority in the eyes of the team.
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Naturally, not all colleagues liked Messi’s behavior. Some considered Leo’s act disrespectful to the team. PSG suspended the player from training and matches for two weeks. However, Messi later recorded a video message in which he explained the reasons for his behavior: “I thought they would give us a day off after the game, as always. I arranged the trip and couldn’t cancel it. Because I had to cancel before. I apologize to my teammates and I await the club’s decision.”
PSG forgave Leo and returned him to the squad. However, the club once again went to meet the stars after his destructive actions.
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The main star, and at the same time the main pain of PSG, is Kylian Mbappé. In each transfer window, the Parisian bosses are nervous about the situation with the future striker. In the summer of 2022, Mbappé signed a new contract with PSG until 2024 (with an option to extend for one season).
Before this, the media actively sent Kilian to Real Madrid. The Frenchman was already in Spain with one foot, but at the last moment he changed his mind and stayed at PSG. What caused the anger of the Real Madrid fans: they really wanted the striker at the Club.
Kilian himself has always dreamed of playing for Madrid and following the path of his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo. However, I decided otherwise. And I started to regret it very soon. A couple of months after signing a contract with PSG, Mbappé became disillusioned with the project. He was not satisfied with the club’s transfer policy.
On June 12, 2023, a new episode of the saga began: Mbappé notified the PSG management that he would not sign a new contract. The information was confirmed by the player’s representatives: “The club’s management was informed of the decision not to activate the contract extension option for the season as of July 15, 2022. The letter is only a confirmation of what already verbally discussed above. This topic was not discussed again during the year, except for the sending of a letter 15 days ago… Kylian Mbappé did not ask to leave this summer, he will play for PSG next season. He only confirmed that his extra year will not be activated.”
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The club got angry with the player and gave him an ultimatum: either contract extension or transfer this summer. The Parisians are not going to let Kilian go in a year as a free agent. The most likely option to continue the striker’s career is Real Madrid.
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PSG’s top three stars literally mocked/sneered at the team. And the leadership is to blame for this. The PSG bosses themselves allowed Messi, Mbappé and Neymar to be players of more than less status. Loyalty played to the detriment – the players are not grateful to the club, but, on the contrary, do not give a damn. The situation with the stars should make PSG think about the right course of the project. You probably need to build a club around quality players, whose behavior does not go beyond what is allowed. Otherwise, Parisians will continue to be laughed at.
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