History is full of catastrophic decisions. Like that night in 1984 when the Portland Trail Blazers bet on the ‘draft’ of the NBA for Sam bowie instead of Michael Jordan. Or that first day in 1962 when Mike smith, scout for the Decca label, ruled out the Beatles and signed the Tremeloes arguing that the guitars were in the doldrums. That of Barça, preferring to Dembélé before Mbappe as a substitute for Neymar in 2017, she is on her way to being one of them. In what could have been his home, the French striker scored his first hat trick in the Champions League. An exhibit in the garden of Leo Messi with which many wanted to see a change of world scepter, although the cemetery is full of those who have wanted to bury King Leo ahead of time.
“Against whom has he drawn?”, Is the lapidary phrase that Junior Minguella assures that they told him from the Barça when he offered a Mbappé who was already emerging in Monaco with 18 years. “We had the agreement closed at 130 million plus 25 in incentives,” he explained in ‘El Partidazo ‘of Cadena COPE the agent, who later published in Twitter a WhatsApp conversation with Javier Bordas in which the then manager in charge of the first team told him that “as you have seen neither the president nor the technicians wanted him. As you have seen, the option was Dembélé “.
PSG did not hesitate while Barça would end up paying 105 plus 40 in variables for Dembélé, to which should be added those of Coutinho and Griezmann. The 420 million club has failed to make forget Neymar, who left Barça so as not to be in Messi’s shadow and now sees how Mbappé takes the spotlight away from him.
In Messi’s temple
In what had to be the game for Ney’s return to the Camp Nou, Mbappé had a resounding premiere in Messi’s temple. The covers of half the world surrendered to the football whirlwind that, without Neymar or Di María, was enough and left to lead a Barça defense headlong that was shipwrecked again with a crash, in a nightmare night more than adding to those of Paris , Rome, Turin, Liverpool and Lisbon.
‘L’Équipe’ carried the photo of Mbappe escaping from a Pique that caught him by the shirt with the headline ‘Galacticos’. If the French guillotine made with petrodollars refers to the Madrid of the galactics, it is difficult not to evoke the parades through the Camp Nou of the Brazilian Ronaldo upon seeing the new object of desire of Florentino Pérez escaping by power of the marshal of the Barça defense, in the image that summarized the meeting.
Madrid have been dreaming of him since he let Cristiano Ronaldo. The perfect Castilian in which Mbappé digested Alba in a scuffle (“on the street, I’ll kill you”) fueled suspicions that he could head to the Santiago Bernabéu. The young scorer ends his contract in 2022 and PSG’s priority is to convince him to stay. Retaining him is a matter of State in the club financed by Qatar and the star’s bad relationship with Tuchel was one of the elements that led to the replacement on the Parisian bench.
According to ‘Le Parisien’, in case of not being able to renew him, PSG would not part with him for less than 200 million. In addition to Madrid, the newspaper places Liverpool, Manchester City and Juventus in the poker of suitors. And he points out that, beyond the repeated siren songs launched in recent weeks from Paris about Messi’s landing in the summer, PSG sheikh Nasser Al-Khelaïfi would only launch his nets to try to sign the Barça symbol if not manages to retain Mbappé. A young talent who, with Cristiano and Leo in the final stretch of their careers, wants to be the player that marks this decade on the football planet.