Messi, the mediator between Neymar and Mbappé

Since PSG formed the most intimidating offensive trident on the planet, with Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Leo Messi, more has been said about the relationship between them, especially the alleged problems between the French and the Brazilian, than about their virtues in the field, where they have not yet been seen to be decisive in a game of substance, in the Champions League.

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14 September 2022 Wednesday 08:48
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Messi, the mediator between Neymar and Mbappé

Since PSG formed the most intimidating offensive trident on the planet, with Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Leo Messi, more has been said about the relationship between them, especially the alleged problems between the French and the Brazilian, than about their virtues in the field, where they have not yet been seen to be decisive in a game of substance, in the Champions League.

The Argentine was the last to join the Parisian attack last summer and far from being the leader, a figure he could exercise thanks to his abundant stripes achieved during his career, his role in the locker room has been more discreet, in recent months exercising of glue so that the relationship between Neymar and Mbappé would not deteriorate, according to L'Équipe.

The last staging on the green of the differences between the Frenchman and the Brazilian occurred in the Ligue 1 match against Montpellier on August 13, when Neymar shot a penalty despite the fact that Mbappé, who had previously missed one, gave him He demanded to execute the maximum penalty. The game ended with a victory for the people from the capital (5-2).

According to the French newspaper, after that incident Messi mediated in the locker room so that the quarrels between the two would not escalate. The man from Rosario, who in his long career has shared a team with many figures, "tried to calm things down and bring positions closer together" without "wanting to give lessons", aware that there is "a lot to lose" if there is a bad relationship between his fellow attackers .

Messi, who practically throughout his time at Barça has been the penalty taker, is this season the third in charge of shooting from eleven meters, a decision made in the preseason by the new coach, Christophe Galtier, which was revealed by L'Equipe. The Argentine did not discuss the decision.

Despite losing good friends in the locker room this summer, such as Ángel Di María and Leandro Paredes, Messi is maintaining exemplary behavior at the start of the season, a professional who rows for the good of the team. Beyond some gesture of disappointment, normal considering his competitiveness, he normally assumed being substituted in three games at the beginning of the course, a situation that he had not experienced for many years.

Continuing with the information from the French newspaper, this attitude has caused PSG to be considering the renewal of the Argentine's contract, which expires next June. At the moment, the former Barça player does not want to think about his future beyond the World Cup in Qatar.

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