Messi and Mbappé have been teammates at PSG for over a year.
Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé face off in the World Cup final on Sunday as Argentina take on France in Qatar.
Messi can cement his status as the greatest footballer ever by leading Argentina to their first World Cup win since 1986. Mbappé, meanwhile, could confirm his place as the current best player in the world by winning the tournament for the second time.
The pair are teammates for Paris Saint-Germain and have played almost 50 matches together, combing for 26 goals. Yet, according to reports, while they respect each other, they are not close friends. Mbappé, 23, is also said to have an ‘issue’ with Messi’s power at the club.
Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi.
According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Mbappé is good friends with PSG teammate Achraf Hakimi but with Messi and Neymar, the French forward’s relationship ‘never exceeds strictly professional limits.’ His relationship with Neymar is said to be strained.
Meanwhile, back in October, Spanish media outlet Marca reported that Mbappé has an ‘issue’ with Messi. The forward reportedly believes that his teammate has too much power in the PSG squad. Messi is said to have assumed a similar position to the one he held at Barcelona, where he was the dressing room leader.
It was also reported that after he signed a new contract to remain in Paris, Mbappé instructed PSG bosses to ‘dismantle the Argentine Republic’ at the club so he could assume the mantle of the team’s undisputed leader.
The French forward is said to have wanted the club to move on players such as Messi, Mauro Icardi, Leandro Paredes and Ander Herrera and Keylor Navas (even though Herrera and Navas are not Argentinian).
Messi remained at the club, but Icardi left for Galatasaray on loan and Paredes joined Juventus on loan last summer. Herrera, meanwhile, joined Athletic Bilbao on loan. PSG also sacked their Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino and replaced him with French coach Christophe Galtier.
'Kylian Mbappe doesn't lace boots' of peak Lionel Messi https://t.co/5D8nbCdOOj
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) December 15, 2022
Yet, Mbappé was said to be still unhappy about the situation at the club. In October, ESPN reported that the striker wanted to leave the club as he felt promises had not been kept by the PSG hierarchy.
Mbappé reportedly disliked playing with Neymar and Messi and preferred to play alongside a traditional centre-forward, such as Olivier Giroud as he does for the national team.
“What they ask of me here [with France] is different,” Mbappe said in September.
“Here, I have much more freedom than at PSG. The coach knows that there is a number nine, like Giroud, and so I can move and go into space.
“In Paris it is different. They ask me to play pivot, although I enjoy [playing] everywhere.”
Messi has been linked with a move to Inter Miami at the end of the current season, and Mbappé’s links to Real Madrid won’t go away, so the pair may not be teammates for much longer.
All of that, however, and the reported difficulties between the pair, will be put aside on Sunday as they prepare for the biggest match of their respective careers.
Antony and Bruno Fernandes clash as Crystal Palace dent Man United’s title notions
Antony was not happy with Fernandes
Manchester United duo Antony and Bruno Fernandes were seen clashing with each other in the first half of United’s draw against Crystal Palace.
Fernandes looked to have secured United the three points with a goal on the stroke of half time only for Michael Olise’s stunning free kick in second half stoppage time ensured a share of the spoils.
Wout Weghorst also made his debut for the club after they paid Beşiktaş to cancel his loan spell in Turkey and move to Old Trafford from Burnley until the end of the season, with United desperately in need of a striker
The majority of the first half saw Erik ten Hag’s side find it difficult to break down a resilient Palace defence with Antony in particular struggling to get the best of full back, Tyrick Mitchell.
It seemed as if tempers began to flare amongst the United ranks on the half hour mark as Antony and Fernandes were caught exchanging verbals with each other, leading to many speculating on social media.
Bruno fernandes and Antony arguing 🤔 pic.twitter.com/YaOagxqrBD
— YOUYOU_7 (@__YOUYOU___) January 18, 2023
One person wrote: “Bruno Fernandes beefing with Antony, all this bollocks about how they’re now a United team not individuals is hilarious.”
Another tweeted: “Bruno is right to be upset at Antony but it’s so funny seeing him get get taste of his own medicine.”
Bruno is right to be upset at Antony but it's so funny seeing him get get taste of his own medicine 😂😂pic.twitter.com/zzAcfw7gV0
— 🇨🇩🇸🇱 (@8Flavs) January 18, 2023
A third said: “The people saying Bruno & Antony shouldn’t be arguing with each other on the pitch have never played football.”
The people saying Bruno & Antony shouldn't be arguing with each other on the pitch have never played Football.
— Paul, Manc Bald and Bred (@MufcWonItAll) January 18, 2023
United now prepare to face Arsenal at the weekend, where they will be without Casemiro after he was booked, taking his total tally to five, meaning he will miss out through suspension.
He did get in for a selfie with a pitch invader, though…
Casemiro poses for a selfie with a fan 🤣🤳
— Barstool Football (@StoolFootball) January 18, 2023
Lionel Messi’s wife responds to Shakira ‘betrayal’ post after Gerard Pique break-up
Lionel Messi’s wife Antonela Roccuzzo has come out in support of Shakira following her high-profile split from Gerard Pique – Messi’s former Barcelona team-mate.
Colombian popstar Shakira shared a candid message with her fans on Instagram as she welcomed in the new year, taking a thinly-veiled swipe at her former partner by referencing “betrayal” and “heartache”.
“Even if our wounds are still open in this new year, time has a surgeon’s hands,” the Hips Don’t Lie singer wrote. “Even if someone’s betrayed us, we must continue to trust others.”
In response, Antonela sent Shakira three heart emojis in the comments section, in the latest suggestion that she and her husband are taking the singer-songwriter’s side in the ugly saga.
Shortly after their split, it emerged that Pique was dating 23-year-old Barcelona-born Clara Chia.
Messi and Pique spent over a decade playing together at Barcelona, having emerged from the club’s famed La Masia academy at around the same time.
Messi moved to PSG in 2021, while Pique hung up his boots in November, bringing the curtain down on a trophy-laded 19-year career that saw him win the World Cup, the European Championship, the Champions League, La Liga and the Premier League.
Source: Daily Star
Alisha Lehmann told she ‘won’t be single for long’ after wowing fans in pink ʙικιɴι
Alisha Lehmann has kept her social media followers updated during a recent holiday in Miami – with many left asking how she is still single after her split from Douglas Luiz.
The 23-year-old Aston Villa forward and Switzerland international has been catching the eye both on and off the pitch in recent seasons – with her Instagram following growing to over 10 million.
Following a recent trip in which she posed on the beach for no less than nine separate ʙικιɴι snaps, many of her followers had one thing in mind.
One comment read: “She won’t stay single for long.”
A second said: “I was looking for the meaning of perfection and I found this.”
A fourth then concluded: “The most beautiful soccer player in the world.”
The WSL star was recently back in the headlines after splitting up with Villa midfielder Luiz and then removing their shared snaps from Instagram.
The couple are said to have split over a row regarding her 2023 calendar which reportedly led to a furious row between the pair.
The split came after countless displays of public affection between the loved up couple – as well as him defending her for a comment made by a TV presenter.
Lehmann has also shared several clips of her Soccer AM cameo, in which he bagged a top bins in some style.
One of those to react was fellow Villa professional and Brazil international Luiz, who wrote on her upload with heart and fire emojis: “The best.”
Source: Daily Star