PSG boss speaks on Lionel Messi & Mbappe’s World Cup ‘feud’

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Christophe Galtier has dismissed reports that there is a feud between Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe after the 2022 World Cup.

Messi captained Argentina to World Cup victory in Qatar this month, defeating Mbappe’s France on penalties in the final.

The PSG players were without doubt the two best players at the competition, with Messi winning the Golden Ball and Mbappe claiming the Golden Boot after his hat-trick in the final took his tally to eight goals.

After the game, the 24-year-old was understandable distraught and has been the subject of abuse from Argentina supporters, instigated by their keeper Emiliano Martinez whose antics have been widely condemned.

Mbappe and Messi were also seen celebrating in each other’s faces as they scored in the final, and all this has led to reports that the duo are not on good terms.

But according to Galtier, this is not the case at all, as he insists through two players get on just fine.

While discussing the aftermath of the World Cup in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, the PSG boss said: ‘I would focus on the relationship between them.

‘It wasn’t Leo Messi winding anybody else up. What I saw after the final, what I have experienced, is there is no reason to mix these things up because the goalkeeper’s behaviour is down to him.

‘What matters to me is the relationship between the players. Kylian Mbappe had a very good attitude, despite losing.

‘Of course he was very disappointed, but he did that in a classy way. He congratulated Leo Messi and that is a very good thing for the club and for the team.’

Mbappe was close to leaving PSG for Real Madrid on a free over the summer only to sign a new contract, but there is speculation that he is unhappy in Paris as they are not fulfilling the promises they made to him.

He has returned to training with the Ligue 1 club and is expected to play on Wednesday when their campaign resumes against Strasbourg.

Messi meanwhile is not expected to be back until the new year and Galtier will be hoping that they can put their differences aside and fire PSG to their first Champions League triumph at the end of the season.

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