Sinking Ship? Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and More Involved in Massive PSG Locker Room Split After Shocking Loss

Published 03/22/2022, 3:10 PM 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

Paris Saint Germain was supposed to become the most dominant team in the world this season. Their transfer window in the summer was one of the greatest windows of all time. The club signed the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, and Gianluigi Donnarumma, among other players.

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However, it all went wrong in the UEFA Champions League, as the club was eliminated in the Round-of-16 by a rampant Real Madrid. The loss stung more because PSG had the lead till the final moments of the tie. Madrid scored three goals in the final half an hour of the second leg to progress to the quarter-finals.

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PSG squad splits into two halves with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe on opposing sides

This has naturally caused a lot of problems in the dressing room at PSG with players pointing fingers at each other. With such big superstars in their team, handling their egos becomes almost impossible for PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino.

According to a report from RMC Sport, the PSG squad has been divided into two groups. The South-American contingent consisting of players like Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi, and Neymar Jr have segregated together, while the other French-speaking players have formed a group of their own.

The tension between the two sides reached the pinnacle after PSG’s loss against Monaco in Ligue 1. They were simply outclassed by a team with much lesser means than themselves, and it came on top of their UCL exit.

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Mauricio Pochettino responds to the dramatic situation at the club

PSG’s manager Mauricio Pochettino has a big task on his hands to sort the dressing room out. The Argentine talked about the situation and urged the players to put the club first. He wanted to find a common vision, and get everyone at the club to follow it.

We are in a situation where we have to ask ourselves with the club and find the best way to help PSG. Several people are involved in a club like PSG, so we have to find common ideas and visions,” Pochettino said.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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