Neymar finally seems to have found some form this season after it seemed as though his career was fizzling out. He has lit up the pitch with his impressive displays.
However, Neymar’s performances have been somewhat overshadowed by his obvious fallout with Kylian Mbappé. The feud between the two stars of Ligue 1 threatens to split the PSG side and could potentially affect team performances if it’s not addressed.
This is a view shared with a sports journalist from JustGamblers who spoke to us recently saying:
“Although PSG have hit the ground running and have a perfect record in Ligue 1 so far, the spat between Mbappé and Neymar has the potential to adversely affect the flow of the team if it continues. So, the owners and management team at the club are eager to resolve the problem.”
It’s clear that the disagreement between the two star players is a major problem for PSG. It’s hard to believe that what has turned into a damaging feud began as a respectful friendship.
Friendship has become a feud
Neymar and Mbappé both joined PSG in 2017, and they developed a friendship. However, the relationship began to fall apart when there were rumours of Mbappé moving to Real Madrid. At around this time, the Frenchman moved away from his friendship with Neymar and Messi and became closer to right-back Achraf Hakimi.
Mbappé’s friendship with Neymar never recovered even after he was persuaded to remain at PSG. In fact, it worsened further thanks to the increased influence at the club that Mbappé gained as part of his new contract.
The terms of this contract further fuelled Mbappé’s already substantial ego. This has led to ongoing disputes with Neymar especially given the latter’s impressive form so far this season. It’s thought that Mbappé is still pushing for Neymar to leave the club as he does not feel there is room for him, Messi, and Neymar at PSG.
PSG taking action to resolve the situation
The power struggle between Mbappé and Neymar has worsened recently after arguments occurred over the taking of penalties. Both players feel they should be taking spot kicks and it seems as though Mbappé has been given priority.
In order to resolve these issues, PSG chiefs are reportedly making efforts to alleviate the problems between the two players. Reports suggest that these efforts include arranging a formal meeting where the players will be told to cease their feuding behaviour. It’s unclear what will happen if this does not work and if the ongoing dispute will cause problems with the team’s performance overall.
How is the fallout between Mbappé and Neymar affecting PSG’s performances?
So far this season, the feud between Mbappé and Neymar does not seem to have had an adverse effect on the way the team has performed. PSG top Ligue 1 with a perfect record and former coach Vahid Halilhodzic is tipping them for Champions League success.
The club’s good start this season is reflected in the betting odds for their next two games. They are odds on for victory against Monaco and hot favorites for the win against Toulouse. It remains to be seen if the good form, and the positive betting odds, continue if the disagreement between Mbappé and Neymar does not ease.