In today’s edition, The Team reveals that the Argentinian played peacekeepers between Neymar and Mbappé at the time of the “penaltygate”. The role of the former Catalan was decisive in allowing a return to calm.
The affair had somewhat spoiled the superb start to the season for the Reds and Blues. Following the demonstration of the reigning French champion against Montpellier (5-2), Neymar had indeed liked a tweet suggesting that the hierarchy of penalty takers was not really to his liking.
“At no club in the world would Neymar be the second shooter, none. Neymar scored and humiliated the goalkeeper (again) from the penalty spot. Mbappé, on the other hand, hit very badly”, could we read in the message of a user that Neymar seemed to approve. It was enough to pack the media machine and raise fears of dissension within the Parisian locker room.
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Things quickly settled down thereafter. The two superstars of the capital club have indeed displayed a great complicity in the matches that followed this small incident. If Christophe Galtier probably used diplomacy to end this conflict, another man would have played a decisive role.
After the story of the penaltygate, Leo Messi calmed the game between Neymar and Mbappé.
The Argentine tried to bring the positions of the two players closer together.
– News Foot (@ActuFoot_) September 14, 2022
According to information gathered by The Team, Lionel Messi also played the intermediary between these two locker room friends. The famous daily specifies that the sevenfold Ballon d’Or “above all tried to calm things down and bring the positions closer together”. His close proximity to the Seleção striker probably helped to lower tensions. We also learn that the Argentinian himself accepted that Kylian Mbappé had a special status since his contract extension last May. On the pitch, the 35-year-old striker already has 7 assists and 3 goals in 7 Ligue 1 games played.