PSG Can Win Mbappé Battle With Win Over Real Madrid

The UEFA Champions League draw to decide the matchups for the Round of 16 was chaotic, to say the least.

The first draw pitted Paris Saint-Germain against Manchester United, or Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo, but after an error in the process was discovered, a redo was ordered and the Ligue 1 leaders were paired against Real Madrid instead, a matchup you can bet on by using this Virgin Bet bonus code.

While football fans won’t get a matchup between the two “goats,” they’ll instead be treated to two teams who are rivals on and off the pitch.

Real Madrid has been chasing Kylian Mbappé for years and with the Frenchman’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, they’re closer than ever before to signing the superstar the covet.

To be fair, Mbappé has coveted Los Blancos for some time as well. As a young boy, he covered the walls of his bedroom with posters of Ronaldo when he played for Real Madrid and he even visited the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium as his profile as a talented footballer started to rise across Europe.

What could be standing in the way of a long-awaited reunion? PSG, of course. While no contract has been signed yet, talks are ongoing and when Les Parisiens signed Messi, that certainly made Mbappé think twice about his future. It’s not every day you get to be teammates with arguably the greatest player to ever put on a pair of football boots.

Along with the star-studded transfers of last summer, PSG can convince Mbappé to stay another way, and that’s by dominating Real Madrid in the Round of 16 of the Champions League.

Think about it. If Mbappé wants to win titles and be part of an exciting project, what better way for PSG to prove to him that they’re the club for him by defeating the only club Mbappé would consider leaving for?

It’s going to be an uphill battle though, that’s for sure. PSG hasn’t looked great this season despite an impressive record and a win at home over Manchester City. Mauricio Pochettino is still struggling to unlock PSG’s offense and outside of Marco Verratti, the midfield leaves much to be desired. However, there is reason to have hope.

First of all, Sergio Ramos should be back in the squad and integrated by the time Real Madrid comes to the Parc des Princes on February 15. His experience alone should help a defensive backline that gets caught out of position far too often.

Secondly, the January transfer window will be an opportunity for PSG to sign a midfielder who can contribute right away alongside Verratti.

Lastly, the return of Neymar Jr. could provide the final boost this team needs to get over the Real Madrid hump and advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

If PSG can knock Real Madrid out, it will be very difficult for Mbappé to say they’re the better project with a straight face if he does decide to make a move.

Tags Champions League Cristiano Ronaldo Kylian Mbappé Lionel Messi Neymar Real Madrid Sergio Ramos