Mbappé: the goodbye of a champion and the place of emotions – France – PSG

Mbappé: the goodbye of a champion and the place of emotions – France – PSG
Mbappé: the goodbye of a champion and the place of emotions – France – PSG

The video dropped this Friday, at 7:56 p.m. Perfect timing for the 8 p.m. newspapers to pick it up. Kylian Mbappé announced his departure from Paris Saint-Germain on his social networks, in a speech lasting 3 minutes and 51 seconds. Time to look back on his seven years spent in the capital. A farewell to the era when, at the end of his speech, Mbappé thanked all the people he met there, citing a good dozen names – but not Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. An announcement ultimately reflecting its seven-year term: well framed, controlled, globalized, highly commented, but lacking a touch of emotion.

Mr Robot

The epilogue to this overly long soap opera was an open secret, which the top scorer in the history of Paris Saint-Germain “revealed” in a clean and well-kept speech. Facing the camera, in presidential address mode, KM7 unfolds, without trembling, like a politician. Words are weighed and under-weighed. Nothing is left to chance. The striker thanks the club for making him grow “as a player and as a man”. He salutes all those who accompanied him during these seven years, without forgetting “shadow people”both within the staff and “those in offices and on campus”. He assures that he does not “ never cheated » and proclaims his unconditional love for the club, while acknowledging having committed ” errors “. Nothing is missing, all the boxes are checked. No one is surprised since Mbappé has always controlled everything, especially his communication. Perfect for signing amazing contracts with sponsors. The other side of the coin: the image of a robotic player, whose slightest action is calculated. A player, therefore, less striking in terms of spontaneity and authenticity.

Goals, titles… and then?

Supporters have often criticized him for his lack of sincerity. Before bringing out the red carpet for his last at the Parc des Princes on Sunday, Mbappé was booed, from the summer of 2021, because of the doubt that he voluntarily left hovering over his future. Rebelote in 2023. Just two months ago, Block Parisii unfurled a banner “Can’t wait for 06/30! » in reference to the end date of the player’s contract. A difficult task to erase, even if Mbappé will remain one of the greatest players ever to play for PSG and he will have punctuated the life of our championship with his talent as much as his media outings.

The child of Bondy put Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimović (sorry) in the retro to become the top scorer in the history of the club. Next weekend, he will overtake Carlos Bianchi, Delio Onnis and Jean-Pierre Papin by winning a sixth title as top scorer in Ligue 1. He also, among other things, scored the only quintuple in the history of PSG, against ‘US Pays de Cassel, in January 2023. A scoring machine, well-oiled and gleaming… perhaps less impactful than less regular players on the pitch but more human, like Javier Pastore, for example.

Mbappé piled up goals and records. He made his team win, often. This has not been the case in recent days, during the Champions League semi-final lost against Dortmund. He will have missed this last double confrontation, letting slip his dream of bringing the cup to the big ears in France and in the capital. Beyond these sporting considerations which will leave him in the history books for a long time, he may have missed a touch of emotion, like his farewell speech. This marriage could have ended earlier, the divorce will finally be finalized in a few days, after the Coupe de France final. Real Madrid have been waiting for too long and, at 25, it was time for Mbappé to embrace his new destiny.

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