PSG, which last week renewed his brother Ethan, aspires for their great star to expand his relationship as Neymar did. Real Madrid awaits

Mbapp, after the elimination of France in the Eurocup.F. FIFEAFP

“I am devastated. I wanted to help the team, but you fail.” Kylian Mbapp He didn’t even wait to check his reaction with the pillow. He had just assumed responsibility for the fifth and decisive penalty of the shoot-out in the round of 16 match against Switzerland. Fall. Or goalkeeper Sommer was right. It doesn’t matter anymore. Mbapp, who lived a peak in his career at only 19 years old when he led France in the World Cup conquered in Russia – how can we forget his runaway career in the duel against Argentina – succumbed in this European Championship in which he must confirm his competitive maturity. . In which he must also establish the foundations of a future that appears uncertain, without having renewed a year after concluding his contract with PSG and without knowing if his signing for Real Madrid will ever be possible.

The desolation that imprisons a footballer when he misses a decisive penalty is expansive. It not only affects the protagonist of the story himself, but all that machinery that raised him to the altars. I suffered it in its day Roberto Baggio, when he missed his maximum penalty in the 1994 World Cup final (that same day, one of the best center-backs in history, Franco Baresi, was also engulfed by the hurricane after failing). I also knew such a sensation Leo Messi, when in the 2016 Copa America against Chile he did not know how to defeat the demons that so many times waited for him at the penalty spot. He ended up so unhinged that he promised not to wear the Argentina shirt again. Rectific. The brazilian Scrates capitulated from the lime point in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Platini, but few remember it anymore. It was also done by someone as mechanical and accurate as the English David Beckham in Euro 2004 against Portugal.

“The sadness is immense after this elimination. It will be difficult to sleep, but these are, unfortunately, the vagaries of this sport that I like so much,” Mbapp continued in the message broadcast after the gala elimination. It has been singled out. Even more considering his discreet statistics in the tournament. He did not score a single goal in his four games (390 minutes in play). He was barely able to add an assist, which he offered to Benzema in Bucharest. And he concludes the Eurocup with only three shots between clubs. During regulation time of the game against Switzerland, he shot up to six times. Neither time did he find a porter. Sommer only had to appear when he should, to snatch the glory of the penalty.

“There will be a before and an after for Mbapp after this June 28, 2021”, said this Tuesday the influential The team. The French newspaper had no mercy, calling his night a “nightmare.” The forward has only been able to score one goal in his last ten games for the French national team (it was in a friendly against Wales on June 2).

Now what? While his scoring records with PSG have been remarkable this season (42 goals in 47 games), Mbapp has had another bitter season with the Parisians. He raised the French Cup scoring one of the goals against Monaco. Certain. But, after his remembered exhibition at the Camp Nou (he scored three of his team’s four goals in Barcelona), he could not avoid the elimination against Manchester City in the semi-finals of the Champions League (he was lost in the return match at the Etihad ). And he also saw how Lille took the title of Ligue 1. From here, the haze.

The renewal of his brother

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, PSG president, continues to try to convince Mbapp to renew his contract. Last week he even executed a strategic move by expanding his brother’s bond Ethan, only 15 years old, until 2024. The price of Mbapp’s exit this summer will continue to be prohibitive, above 150 million euros. Qatari owners never made it easy to sell their most prized pieces. Barcelona knew it well when it tried to repatriate a Neymar who finally ended up yielding and renewing last May until 2025.

Real Madrid, after the difficulties suffered by the Covid, cannot assume, at least for now, a pharaoh hiring like Mbapp’s. Not only because of the transfer price, which is still unattainable, but also because his salary would also trigger that wage bill that Florentino Prez has managed to control to date. The white president, in fact, already warned when he presented the Super League project that the hiring of big stars this summer would be impossible without an injection of money like the one that the new competition project would have offered. But with the football industry being so volatile, the white club await events in case a crack opens up that would allow an offer.

Mbapp is 22 years old. He has already experienced the best, but also the worst of this sport. Although nothing so exasperating as indecision about the future.


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