What does Messi arrival mean for Mbappe’s future at PSG?

    Former Barcelona player Lionel Messi and PSG’s Killian Bape. Photo: Twitter

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    Former Barcelona player Lionel Messi and PSG’s Killian Baba. Photo: Twitter

    Lionel Messi has reunited with his former Barcelona team-mate Neymar in an all-star attack in Paris Saint-Germain, but the question now is whether the arrival of the Argentine superstar could really oust Killian Baba from the French giants.

    PSG’s plan is to have the three strikers play together in an all-star attack that they hope the Champions League can eventually win, but Mbappe’s long-term future remains in doubt.

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    Messi has just signed a two-year contract worth 35 million euros ($ 41 million) a year with the option of a third season.

    In May, Neymar, 29, extended his contract with the team until 2025.

    Babape, on the other hand, is out of contract at the end of this season and is a long-term target for Real Madrid.

    “Mbappe is possible,” the headline of the sports newspaper AS in Madrid said on Tuesday.

    “Messi’s arrival at PSG pushes Mbappe aside and paves the way for his arrival in Madrid.”

    Mbappe refused to rush to decide on his future, leaving PSG in a difficult position.

    They are not considering selling him, but neither do they want to see a player who cost 180 million euros ($ 211 million), the second highest transfer cost in history, leave for free when his contract expires next June.

    “Everyone knows I’m very attached to this club,” Mbappe said in an interview with Canal Plus in May.

    “But I want to feel like I’m in a place where I can really win, where there’s a project to make it happen.”

    Asked about Babe’s future in Messi’s revelations on Wednesday, PSG Qatar president Nasser al-Khalifi insisted the French striker was now in the best possible position to fulfill his Champions League ambitions.

    “Kylian is a Parisian player. He is very competitive, he has a winning mentality. He has publicly stated that he wants a competitive team and there is no more competitive team than that,” said Khelaifi.

    “He has no excuse to do anything other than stay.”

    “Idol”, Kylian Mbappe wrote on Twitter with this photo of him with Cristiano Ronaldo after the match between Portugal and France at Euro 2020 earlier this year. Will Baba follow in the footsteps of his “idol” and move to Spain? Photo: Twitter

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    “Idol”, Kylian Mbappe wrote on Twitter with this photo of him with Cristiano Ronaldo after Portugal’s match with France at Euro 2020 earlier this year. Will Babe follow in the footsteps of his “idol” and move to Spain? Photo: Twitter

    Real needs a new amulet
    In addition to Messi, PSG also signed Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum and Achraf Hakimi this summer.

    They look stronger than ever in all areas of the pitch, but does Mbappe feel he should leave the limelight by staying in Paris now that Messi has arrived?

    Mbappe wants to be number one. After all, he is the only member of the first line of PSG that has won the World Cup.

    The former Monaco player was the top scorer in Ligue 1 in each of the last three seasons, with 27 in the last campaign.

    While Neymar took to Instagram to welcome Messi to the Parc des Princes after his shocking signing for the Qatari outfit, there was no such public reaction from Mbappe.

    That may not mean anything, but for PSG it is true that, given his age, Mbappe represents the future and is considered the natural heir of the aging Messi, as the leading player in world football.

    Messi’s arrival in Paris further confirms the changing balance of power in the European game, away from traditional elites such as Madrid and Barcelona to PSG, Manchester City and Chelsea, clubs with the wealth of the Gulf states behind or .

    But Madrid see Mbappe as the man who will lead them back to the top of European football, three years after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Mbappe, a native Parisian, has always been attracted to the Spanish giants, who had already shown interest in signing him when he was a young teenager.

    Real also needs a new amulet.

    Kylian Mbappe used to have some Cristiano Ronaldo posters on his wall as a child. Photo: Twitter

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    Kylian Mbappe used to have some Cristiano Ronaldo posters on his wall as a child. Photo: Twitter

    Ronaldo has long since left while this summer he saw the central backs Ramos and Rafael Varane leaving. The rest of their superstar, Karim Benzema, will be 34 in December.

    They hope that PSG will be open to offers now, or that Mbappe will terminate his contract and join them next season.

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