Zapping Goal! soccer club Mbappé – Haaland: the duel in numbers
The Argentinian media are not taking off. Since the criticism of their French counterparts about Lionel Messi and his performance on Tuesday against Real Madrid (1-0), they have been on a loop to defend their idol. At the same time, Mauricio Pochettino, Antoine Kombouaré and Cesc Fabregas all came to the bedside of the former FC Barcelona star to defend his record. Even his mentor at Barça Carles Rexach brought his stone to the building.
“With Neymar, Mbappé and Messi, Paris has three players capable of making the difference, now each must have a specific role otherwise they will step on each other in the same area, he warned in L’Équipe. Neymar and Messi love the ball at their feet and know how to dribble, but the only one who gives depth is Mbappé. For me, the way Leo plays shows that he has already accepted not to be number 1 anymore. Messi is the man who plays the most for the team but we have to put him in the right mood. Today, his challenge is to win a 5th Champions League. That’s what he wants. Score a goal more or less, it does not interest him. »
To adapt more quickly to PSG and achieve his goals, the sports daily suggests that Messi take the example of the chameleon Cristiano Ronaldo: “The king is naked. Paris must imagine a new Messi, the person concerned reinvent himself as Ronaldo has been able to do throughout his career. His replacement in false 9 for a few weeks is part of this quest. “First winger, CR7 has come closer over time to the zone of truth to become a goal machine that is still raging at 37 years old. This adaptability could today serve the designs of its great rival.
“Breathtaking”, here is the front page of L’Équipe on Saturday February 19, 2022: https://t.co/o7XGVbAoGC pic.twitter.com/qIvuJAsgLA
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Plagued by difficulties adapting to PSG, which he joined last summer from FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi (34) could take an example from his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, 37) to go better.