Messi has a record considerably superior to his two underclassmen Neymar and Mbappe despite just appearing in 2 games for PSG since the start of 2023.
Messi has appeared in two games for PSG since returning to the club after winning the World Cup, facing Angers and Rennes, respectively. M10, who scored the game-winning goal in the opening game, had a significant impact. But he failed to deliver the performance PSG needed to Ƅeat the opposition in the following game.
But Messi was able to achieve a new PSG record with his performance in the win over Angers. Thus, the shirt El Pulga wore for this game was auctioned, and the winning bid set a record.
Le Parisien claims that a Chinese person purchased the first jersey Messi ever wore while representing PSG as the world champion. This giant from a nation with billions of residents didn’t think twice about shelling out 43,623 euros (1.1 billion) to have the privilege of owning this “unique” shirt variation.
The beginning bid from this Chinese behemoth is understood to be 22,000 euros, but due to the many other wealthy individuals bidding, he must endure 7 auctions in order to win the garment. with Messi.
The outfits of the remaining 17 PSG players registered for the match against Angers were also taken to the auction floor, in addition to Leo’s shirt. Particularly, the price of Neymar’s shirt was 7,894 euros. Mbappe’s jersey from his matches against Lens and Strasbourg is valued at 14,083 and 15,017 euros, respectively.
All three jerseys for Neymar and Mbappe combined, though, do not add up to the cost of Messi’s jersey during a game. This demonstrates that M10’s charm is much worse than that of the two juniors.
Since the end of November, PSG has reportedly used a system in which player shirts are auctioned off following games. The Parisian club reportedly took this as one of the steps to help them recover from their financial deficit from the previous year, which had a debt of up to 370 million euros.
Lloris recommends Mbappe as France captain
Hugo Lloris, the France captain, praised Kylian Mbappe, the forward, for being a leader both on and off the field.
When asked about a potential contender to captain France, Lloris responded to Telefoot on January 15: “At the age of 24, Mbappe has shown himself to be a leader both on and off the pitch. “On the field, off the field, internally, and in the locker room, everyone is behind him. Mbappe is beginning to assume a new position in the team, and I believe that France as a team needs that “.
Mbappe ranks sixth among France’s all-time leading goal scorers with 36 goals in 66 games, or 0.55 goals per game. Mbappe helped France win the World Cup in 2018 by scoring four goals and providing one assist. He even passed Brazilian superstar Pele to become the second-youngest player to ever score in a World Cup final at the age of 19 years and 6 months (17 years 249 days).
With eight goals by the 2022 World Cup, Mbappe had surpassed Lionel Messi in scoring honors. The 24-year-old striker won the first penalty shootout while scoring three goals in the game. But after 120 minutes, France only managed a 3-3 draw with Argentina, losing 2-4 in the round.
Mbappe and the French squad failed to get past the quarterfinals of the 2021 Euro, but they went on to win the UEFA Nations League.
Lloris said that center-back Raphael Varane is a rival candidate to succeed him as captain of France and emphasized that he will support any choice made by head coach Didier Deschamps. Varane is France’s third-most active player with 97 games played, trailing only Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud (117). He participated in all seven of his games on the way to becoming the 2018 World Cup champion, yet he only managed to score one, the opening header in the 2-0 quarterfinal triumph over Uruguay.
Lloris confirmed his decision to retire from France on January 9 in an interview with L’Équipe, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. At the age of 21, Lloris made his international debut for France in November 2008. He has served as captain since 2012.
With 145 matches, three more than Lilian Thuram’s previous record, Lloris became the player with the most appearances for France at the 2022 World Cup, starting six of those games, excluding the last group-stage encounter against Tunisia. With 121 games as captain, the 36-year-old goalie also holds the record for most captaincy in France history.
Varane, 29, is the best contender to succeed Lloris as captain of France, according to L’Équipe. The Man Utd central defender has a variety of advantages, including being younger than competitors like Griezmann (36), Giroud (36), and Steve Mandanda (37). (31). Presnel Kimpembe, who is 27 years old, twice served as France’s captain under Deschamps but is no longer in that capacity.
Mbappe made “captain-like words” during the 2022 World Cup final’s halftime, according to L’Équipe, highlighting the fаct that he is another strong possibility. If Deschamps has faith in Mbappe, he won’t make him the team’s youngest captain like Lloris did against England when he was 23 years old.
When the French team assembles for the matches against the Netherlands on March 24 and the Republic of Ireland on March 27, Deschamps is probably going to rеvеal a new coaching staff.