Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Neymar: How The 3 Superstars Fell Out at PSG

Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Neymar: How The 3 Superstars Fell Out at PSG

Elijah Odetokun
April 13, 2024 at 12:47 PM
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  • Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar struggled at PSG
  • They won the title in the two seasons they played together
  • Messi and Neymar left the French capital club last summer

The trio of Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, and Neymar Jr. failed to live up to expectations during their two seasons together at Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappe and Neymar have been at the club since 2017. The Brazilian arrived for a world record €222m from Barcelona, while the Frenchman was signed on an initial loan from Monaco.

Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr, Paris Saint-Germain, Clermont Foot, Ligue 1.
Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr during PSG's title celebrations last season. Photo by Xavier Laine.
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The duo helped PSG to the 2020 UEFA Champions League final under manager Thomas Tuchel but lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich, thanks to Kingsley Coman's only goal.

Messi joined them after surprisingly leaving Barcelona in 2021 after the Spanish club could not register his new contract, bringing an end to his 21 years at the club.

How PSG trio fell out

The trio had high expectations placed on them but ultimately failed to deliver beyond the basics of winning the French title, and this has been linked to the issues among them.

Per L'Equipe, a PSG employee, explained what transpired that led to the clash of egos and personality, which hindered the club's success despite the talent of their forwards.

“At first, Kylian Mbappé liked Neymar a lot, but after working with him daily, he lost the respect he had for him. Conversely, both Neymar and Messi were upset that the club had given Kylian the full keys to the truck,” he said.
“Messi, even if he were introverted, he would at least say hello to you. Not Neymar. You got the impression he didn’t respect you. He refused to make contact.”

According to Canal Supporters, Neymar credited Mbappe with helping him settle in France and teaching him the French mentality before things went sour among them.

The Argentina captain was the first to leave after his contract expired in the summer of 2023 before the former Santos forward was sold to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia.

The French national team captain has confirmed he will leave this summer, and multiple reports claim he has an agreement with Real Madrid.

Mbappe confronts Luis Enrique

Sports Brief reported on Mbappe confronting Luis Enrique on the pitch after PSG drew 1-1 away at relegation-threatened side Clermont Foot, a match he started off the bench.

Enrique managed Messi and Neymar at Barcelona, helping the club win their second treble. Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez was the third of the deadly trio.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.