Speaking in the wake of Paris Saint-Germain’s win over Strasbourg for their return to league action, in which he scored a late penalty to seal the three points, Kylian Mbappé was notably asked about his reaction to the World Cup final defeat and his view on the Argentina celebrations that followed.
The Albiceleste goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez, who Mbappé scored a hat-trick against during the final, notably called for a sarcastic “minute of silence” in the dressing for the PSG forward, before brandishing a doll with Mbappé’s face on it during the open-top bus parade through the streets of Buenos Aires.
The tournament’s top scorer, though chose not to comment on the Aston Villa man’s actions, instead congratulating his teammate Lionel Messi on the win and pointing out that he was now focused on success with Paris Saint-Germain, even if the nature of the defeat in Doha would be difficult to ever digest.
“Celebrations are not my problem, I don’t waste energy on such futile things. The important thing is for me to do my best for my club, and we’ll wait for Leo to come back to continue scoring and winning games. I spoke with Leo after the game, I congratulated him. It’s the conquest of a lifetime – it would have been for me too, but I didn’t get there, so I have to remain a good sport.”
GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin