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Absent translation, uneasiness and too strong pass: the lunar conf of Mbappé, Messi, Neymar and PSG in Japan

It was lunar, but we had a good laugh. Arrived in Japan on Sunday for their “summer tour”, which will also serve as official preparation for the Champions Trophy and the start of the Ligue 1 season, the Paris Saint-Germain players complied with their contractual obligations as soon as they set foot on the ground.

The obligation for this Sunday was an official press conference to present the so-called “PSG Summer Tour 2022”. Paris had sent its attacking armada: Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi and Neymar, with new coach Christophe Galtier. For half an hour, they answered questions, but not without suffering some inconvenience.

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I have to speak in French?

First of all, the induction of the guests, done in Japanese, lacked a direct translation, something that Christophe Galtier quickly pointed out. “I’m sorry, I don’t have a translation” A technician then arrived on stage to solve the sound problem, but she did not dare to dig into the pocket of the Parisian technician who was then speaking in a fragmented way. She finally took to their heels, while being… squatting.

The transponder issues continued unabated: Lionel Messi spoke in Spanish, but seeing the lack of translation, he stopped and asked Neymar: ‘I have to speak in French?‘, causing general hilarity. A few seconds later, Neymar also had translation problems.

Invited to speak by the host, the Brazilian did not say a word, having received no communication in his headset. It was Messi who took it upon himself to pass the question on to him. Again, Neymar had a good laugh. The Brazilian also had a great time. Kylian Mbappé reminded him that he had followed Japanese football well, especially at the 2018 World Cup. He had a huge success with the fans.

Kylian Mbappé and a young fan during PSG’s pre-season tour in Japan

Credit: Getty Images

In the end, there was some ball anyway. Kylian Mbappé was treated to a very strong pass from a young fan. A pass he struggled to control. As he sat down again, the French striker launched towards Messi and Neymar: “Mama, the passMessi then exchanged passes of decent strength with another fan.

Then, Neymar was entitled to a… presentation on his career. A little uncomfortable, the Ney still replied to his interlocutor: “I played a lot of difficult matches with the selection, PSG, Barça, Santos. (…) My first match with Santos was the most special“, he said in his native language, before organizing a session of … imaginary passes. He does not miss one! In short, it was light and nice.

Kylian Mbappé and a young fan during PSG’s pre-season tour in Japan

Credit: Getty Images

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