Kylian Mbappé has already returned to PSG ahead of a potentially tense meeting with Lionel Messi

Between a sense of duty and laziness, Kylian Mbappé has decided. This very clear choice was also made by her employer. Paris Saint-Germain broadcast on social media Wednesday morning 21 December the images of the World Cup top scorer back in training, just three days after the final lost by the French against Argentina.

How is the Blues striker, who appeared particularly gloomy after the defeat (3-3 ap, 4-2 rig) against Albiceleste, in Lusail (Qatar), on Sunday 18 December, as well as the following day, during the Blues reunion with the French public, place de la Concorde, in Paris? “It’s better, better, better, better”, quickly Mbappé, in gray sportswear, slipped through the entrance door of the PSG training center. The player’s early return comes as a surprise because, like all his team-mates who took part in the World Cup in Qatar, he should have had at least ten days of rest after the competition.

Late Wednesday afternoon, PSG coach Christophe Galthier commented on the early return of Kylian Mbappé on the club’s channel. “I am very happy to see Kylian, said the Parisian coach. He made a great World Cup. It is also a strong signal for everyone that a player who obviously may have been disappointed for not having lifted the most beautiful of trophies, even if he was top scorer, very quickly comes into contact with the group to prepare for the next deadlines. Obviously, we are very happy to have him back. »

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At the same time, between a sense of celebration and a sense of camaraderie, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé’s partner at Paris Saint-Germain, does not seem to have decided. Since Sunday evening, the Albiceleste captain has been enjoying the pleasure of Argentina’s post-World Cup celebrations. Laughing in the dressing rooms after the final or in the double-decker bus in which the Argentines paraded on Tuesday, December 20, when they returned to Buenos Aires, Messi has so far not bothered to speak to try to put an end to the nauseating demonstrations of some his teammates or fans from his country towards Mbappé.

“Minute of silence for Mbappé”

In this regard, the goalkeeper of the Albiceleste, Emiliano Martinez, particularly “distinguished”. Since Sunday evening, in the changing rooms of the Lusail stadium, he has demanded “A minute of silence for Mbappé”. Tuesday, on the platform of the double-decker bus carrying the Albiceleste, the same, shirtless next to Lionel Messi, harangued the crowd with, in his arms, a doll on which a photo of Kylian’s face had been pinned Mbappe.

Another scene is circulating on social media that could create lasting tensions between the two PSG stars. We see Messi, hilariously, receive a stuffed toy “Ninja Turtle”, old nickname (not exactly subtle) of the French striker being Donatello, one of the characters of the cartoon.

The Argentinian fans had even worse gestures. Some of them burned a fake coffin with a photo of Kylian Mbappé on it. This image and the slips of Emiliano Martinez have circulated widely on social networks but, once again, Messi has not seen fit to speak publicly to call his compatriots to order.

Scaloni plays appeasement

Unforgivable, the sometimes racist actions and words of some Argentine fans could be a reaction to the remarks made by Kylian Mbappé in an interview with Argentine television channel TNT Sports in May. “The advantage we have, the Europeans, is that we always play among ourselves and we always have high-level matches, like in the League of Nations, said the PSG striker. When we get to the World Cup we are ready, where Brazil and Argentina don’t have this level. In South America football is not as advanced as in Europe. That’s why the last World Cup, if you look at it, it’s always the Europeans that win. »

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To date, only Lionel Scaloni, coach of Argentina, has tried to restore calm: “For me, his words were misinterpreted, because he plays with his South American teammates and understands very well, he commented at a press conference on Tuesday. There are times when he [ne faut pas] get into the discussion, because I don’t think that was what he wanted at all. »

Wednesday contacted by The worldCollectif Ultras Paris, Paris Saint-Germain’s main supporter group, does not wish to comment on this situation and does not comment on the welcome that will be given to Lionel Messi upon his return to the capital club. Paris Saint-Germain are expected to resume competition on December 28, as part of the 16And Ligue 1 matchday, during which he will receive Strasbourg at the Parc des Princes.

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