Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria share the same birthday, February 14, and Mauro Icardi’s birthday is just a few days later on the 19th. So, it makes sense that the Paris Saint-Germain trio would celebrate turning another year older together at a star-studded event. Unfortunately, the timing isn’t ideal.
It went off at Cavani, Icardi and Di Maria’s joint birthday party last night 💥 pic.twitter.com/avhV15gBrh
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) February 21, 2020
Cavani/Icardi/DiMaria birthday party tonight. 😂 pic.twitter.com/9eRFECNfB1
— Kate🦆❤️ (@Kate77NG) February 20, 2020
Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani had a joint birthday party last night 🥳
They certainly enjoyed themselves 😂pic.twitter.com/volfMMrooo
— Goal (@goal) February 21, 2020
The party, which was hosted on the 20th and went into the early hours of the next day most likely, was captured by attendees and posted on social media for the world to see. What’s unsettling about the party is that it comes two days after PSG’s disappointing loss to Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League.
Let me be clear. I don’t have an issue with these players letting loose at a birthday party. In fact, I think it could be a good thing that they’re relaxed and not too miserable after the Dortmund defeat. However, many people will take issue with it including some supporters.
In today’s connected world, it’s nearly impossible to make sure images from a party like this aren’t posted on social media. I think the party organizers could have done a better job to make sure images of the players dancing with their shirts off didn’t go public and watched by millions of people.
Players at PSG already have a reputation of having a laissez-faire attitude and videos like these feed into that. If PSG cannot come back from the 2-1 deficit that they’ve dug for themselves, people will predictably point to this party and claim they’re not serious about winning the Champions League because they’re drinking and dancing after a loss.
Meanwhile, in Dortmund… pic.twitter.com/GFZq8E0Gb7
— Danilo Araujo 🇳🇱 (@dsa_79) February 21, 2020
Earlier this month, I applauded Neymar for toning down his birthday celebration in an effort to show that he becoming more professional and less self-centered. Manager Thomas Tuchel still called it a distraction and in fact, no member of PSG’s leadership attended. It’s going to be interesting to see if Tuchel or Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director, make any comments about the party.
It was always going to be a difficult couple of weeks for PSG supporters after another loss in the Champions League but this story only adds to the noise.
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