PSG is hoping that after the two superstars dominated the World Cup, they will join forces to help them conquer Europe.
- Messi and Mbappe of PSG shone in the World Cup final.
- The Champions League has never been won by a French club.
- PSG is hoping that Messi, Neymar, and Mabppe can help them defeat Bayern Munich.
Messi & Mbappe combine for PSG to glory
Paris St-Germain will challenge Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe to follow up their incredible FIFA World CupTM performances with a Champions League title in the coming year. The Qatar-owned club is aiming for European glory, and a difficult last-16 tie against Bayern Munich awaits them, with games against the German champions scheduled for February and March.
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PSG had a strong World Cup after seeing Mbappe win the Golden Boot as the top scorer and Messi win the Golden Ball as the best player. The sight of Mbappe and Messi competing against France and Argentina in Sunday’s World Cup final will soon be replaced by them working together on the field, possibly even by the end of the month. PSG plays Strasbourg in Ligue 1 on December 28, and it remains to be seen whether coach Christophe Galtier will have both players available, given Messi’s trip back to Argentina in the coming days.
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PSG addressed the two main protagonists in the final, in which Messi scored twice and lifted the trophy, while Mbappe hit a hat-trick but finished on the losing side, in a series of social media messages. Our two Parisians delivered an extraordinary final,” the club said. “One of them had to come out on top. @leomessi, you will go down in football history as a legend. What a grand finale!” Bravo, @leomessi, and thank you, @k.mbappe, for all of these feelings. You’ve been brave. You have left your mark on this World Cup with your talent. You should be pleased.”
Messi and Mbappe are congratulated by their teammates.
Whatever French envy there is for Messi should fade quickly, as a photo of Mbappe and Messi touching hands during the game received a lot of love from PSG’s players. Clubmates Nuno Mendes and Danilo Pereira both posted the image, along with applauding hand emojis. Messi’s success was addressed by midfield stalwart Marco Verratti, who wrote on Instagram, “You deserve it, friend. Congratulations. Verratti wrote to Mbappe, “Head high.
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You proved to the entire world that you are a phenomenon. Congratulations,” defender Juan Bernat said to Messi, and “Bravo to you, too, he said to Mbappe. Former PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino congratulated Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, writing in a message: “Congratulations Lionel. Thank you very much!” Pochettino said of Messi, “Deserved @leomessi. Thank you very much!”
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Messi and Mbappe can help PSG win the Champions League.
PSG has never won the Champions League, and it is now the footballing holy grail for them, with each new coach aware that winning domestic silverware alone is not considered to be fulfilling the job remit. They came closest in 2020, losing to Bayern in the final, with Frenchman Kingsley Coman scoring the only goal in Lisbon. Coman, along with Aurelien Tchouameni, was one of two French players to miss from the spot in Sunday’s World Cup penalty shootout.
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Given Messi and Mbappe’s outstanding form over the last month, PSG may never be in a better position to win a continental trophy. Another story brewing is that Messi and Mbappe may be nearing the end of their club partnership. With Messi’s two-year contract at PSG expiring at the end of the season, removing uncertainty about his future may become as important as winning the next trophy. President Nasser Al-Khelaifi stated in early December that the issue would be discussed after the World Cup, with Messi linked with an end-of-season move to Inter Miami.
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