’I Called Neymar a B**”-PSG Superstar Kylian Mbappe Clarifies Rift With Neymar

Published 10/05/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – DECEMBER 04: Kylian Mbappe #7 of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates his goal with Neymar Jr #10 of Paris Saint-Germain during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Nantes at Parc des Princes on December 4, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)


Real Madrid’s Galacticos paved their way to history with their legendary line-up. Players like Zidane, Beckham, and Ronaldo enthralled the audiences with their fabulous performances. That era defined soccer for a lot of supporters. Likewise, PSG, with Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, and Lionel Messi, have assembled a squad equivalent to the Galacticos of Madrid.

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However, with big superstars, come big egos. One such incident happened when PSG’s Kylian Mbappe and Neymar had an on-field clash where the former referenced the latter to a ‘b**’ during their match against French side Montpellier.

LISBON, PORTUGAL – AUGUST 23: Neymar and Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain look dejected following their team’s defeat in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on August 23, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Michael Regan – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Kylian Mbappe takes a dig at Neymar

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It all arose when Neymar assisted Draxler during a play against Montpellier. However, after getting substituted, cameras caught Mbappe take a cheeky little dig at Neymar for not passing the ball earlier. But the striker denied any claims of a rift between the two players and laid it down to the desire to win instead of ego issues.

“Yes, I called Neymar ‘bum’ because I wasn’t happy with a pass. These are things which happen all the time in football. That’s why, right after, given how it blew up, I spoke to him about it. This happens because we want to win. That’s it – no issue,” said Mbappe.

The front three of Mbappe, Neymar, and Messi have sent shock waves across soccer fans all over the world. There were examples of the trio gelling well in their Champions League match against Manchester City.

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Former player express his opinions on Neymar

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PSG’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino is working hard to keep up with the star quality at the Parc des Princes. Their recent match against Manchester City saw Lionel Messi score his first goal for the club. Moreover, his goal was assisted by Mbappe. However, a former French soccer player expressed his opinion on Neymar on how he might be a negative influence on Mbappe.

“I have the impression that Neymar has an influence on the PSG dressing room, some players are being ‘Neymarised’, starting with Mbappe,” said Emmanuel Petit.

PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 2: Neymar Jr of PSG celebrates his goal with Kylian Mbappe during the french Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Lille OSC (LOSC) at Parc des Princes stadium on November 2, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

While the firepower that PSG posses in attack is enough to blow any team away, manager Pochettino will need to figure out how to balance the defensive side of their game with their incredible attack.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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