PSG Player Offers Solution to Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe To Settle Penalty-Taker Debate

Published 09/19/2021, 6:21 AM EDT
Soccer Football – Paris St Germain Training and Press Conference – Ooredoo Training Centre, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France – August 28, 2021 Paris St Germain’s Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe during training REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier


In recent memory, not a single club has had a better transfer window than Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain. The Paris based club signed Gianluigi Donarumma, Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi, Nuno Mended and Gini Wijnaldum in one single transfer window!

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What makes their window even more unbelievable is that they signed these players when they already had players like Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, and Marqunihos. This super team is the closest a team can get in emulating the Galacticos of Real Madrid. But will they also suffer as the Galacticos did?

Soccer Football – Champions League – Group A – Club Brugge v Paris St Germain – Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges, Belgium – September 15, 2021 Paris St Germain’s Lionel Messi, Neymar and Keylor Navas look dejected after the match REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

PSG players have a great relationship with each other, reveals Ander Herrera

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The main problem in building a super club is managing the clashing of egos. It is very natural for star players to be treated in a special manner since they are used to it. All this changed when they are brought into a mix of another 15 players who are equally big in talent and stature.

It is very easy for such teams to disintegrate and perform poorly. This was also the case with Real Madrid’s Galacticos who never won a Champions League together. Luckily for PSG, this is not a problem, Ander Herrera reveals.

PARIS, FRANCE – AUGUST 07: (L-R) Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes, Marquinhos and Neymar Jr pose during a Paris Saint-Germain training session at Ooredoo center on August 07, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images)

Who will take penalties for PSG?

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Ander Herrera while speaking to Marca revealed that star players like Messi, Neymar, and Mbaape have a great relationship with each other. When quipped about who will be taking the penalty kick between the three, Herrera revealed that it hasn’t been decided yet. He then cheekily suggested that maybe the three [Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe] could indulge in a game of rock-paper-scissors to find out.

“The truth is, it hasn’t happened yet and we haven’t discussed it, but one thing is clear: I’m not going to shoot them (laughs). I only have that certainty. But I don’t think so. whether that’s a problem because Ney, Leo, and Kylian have a fantastic relationship. I don’t know if they’re going to take turns or do rock-paper-scissors (laughs). I have no idea at the moment.”

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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