December 18, 2022. Lionel Messi (35) wins the World Cup in Qatar with Argentina. The dream of a lifetime for La Pulga. A dream that Kylian Mbappé (24) has already realized in 2018 in Russia. But Bondy’s crack could have lifted the trophy a second time since he was a finalist in the tournament this year with France. If KM7 did not reach his final goal, he shone during the World Cup, where he finished top scorer with 8 achievements, including 3 in the final. This did not prevent Emiliano Martinez from chambering him.
The Argentinian doorman has multiplied the provocations about the Frenchman. He notably brandished a baby doll with Mbappé’s face during celebrations in the country. This, while Lionel Messi was by his side. And the Albiceleste captain did not react. What a surprise since he evolves with the tricolor striker at PSG. In France as in Argentina and elsewhere in the world, the reunion between the two men was eagerly awaited. The media spoke of cordial and respectful relations between the PSG stars but not necessarily of great friendship as is the case between Neymar and Messi or Hakimi and Mbappé.
The latter was also the first to break the silence about the controversies linked to the tackles of the Argentines. “I spoke with him after the match to congratulate him because, this is the quest of a lifetime for him. For me too, but I failed. You always have to be a good player. And celebrations are not my problem. I don’t waste my energy on such trivial things. The most important thing for me is to give the best of myself for my club. We will wait for Leo to come back to win games and score goals.”he explained on December 28 after the 2 to 1 victory against Strasbourg in L1.
Messi and Mbappé happy to see each other again
Then, KM7 went on vacation to the United States and then to Morocco. He did not meet Lionel Messi, who returned from leave on January 4th. The Argentinian received a fine tribute from his teammates, staff and club employees who had made him a guard of honor at the training center before the presentation of a trophy by Luis Campos. Then, the PSG n°30 returned to competition on Wednesday evening against Angers. Approved by the Parc des Princes, the 35-year-old ended the evening with a goal. At the same time, we learned that Mbappé’s return to training was scheduled for the next day (Thursday, January 12).
So it was yesterday that Messi and Mbappé met. The Parisian tells us more behind the scenes of this long-awaited reunion. And contrary to what the Argentine press feared, which was afraid that relations between the two players would be fresher, the French media reveals that they met in all discretion. After a long and warm embrace, Leo Messi and Kylian Mbappé exchanged and discussed. They were happy to see each other again and then separated, since the Frenchman joined the pitch while the Argentinian recovered indoors. What relieve the PSG, which avoids problems and which will count on its MNM Sunday in Rennes.