Messi-Mbappé. In the last two World Cups, both have been the most decisive players, involved in eleven goals for their team, nine direct and two assists for the Frenchman, six goals and five passes for the Argentine.
In five editions, Lionel Messi has accumulated 25 games and 11 goals, at 0.44 goals per game, while Kylian Mbappé has scored 9 in 13 duels, a ratio of 0.69. At the age of the Frenchman, who will turn 24 next week, Messi, who is now 35, had not opened his account.
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And the face to face? There have only been three and Mbappé’s team has never lost. Two wins and a victory-flavored draw for Paris Saint-Germain, who beat FC Barcelona in the tie.
Only one of them has taken place in the context of the FIFA World Cup. It was in Kazan four years ago in the round of 16 of Russia-2018 between a team that came as runner-up in the world and the other from Europe.
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Another star came out of that game, Mbappé, a footballer who has just arrived at PSG after the second highest transfer in history and who demonstrated international stature that day. His accelerations drove the albiceleste defense crazy and the memory will remain rally 50 meters that threw the entire Argentine defense to the ground until he was brought down in the area by Marcos Rojo. He then scored two more goals to put France through to the quarterfinals.
The other two duels correspond to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League last year between a released PSG and an FC Barcelona in the process of reconstruction.
Spicy statements by Mbappé about South American football
The Argentina-France confrontation has already been confirmed, in which both teams will battle for the three-time world championship, ESPN Argentina He reminded South American football of some spicy statements made by the Parisian star Kylian Mbappé in May of this year.
This is also an important year, as it is a World Cup year and I would like to know which are the five favorite teams for you. “France… I think Brazil too, Brazil is a good team. There are several European teams as well, because the advantage we have here (Europe) is that we always play high-level matches, we have the League of Nations for example,” said the French star.
“When we get to the World Cup, we are ready. And Argentina and Brazil don’t have that. In South America soccer is not as advanced as in Europe and that is why when you look at the latest World Cups it is always the Europeans who win”, he added.
A fragment of the interview is reproduced by the YouTube channel of TNT Sports Argentina.