With the arrival of Lionel Messi, the presence of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé’s bitter end to the season, the big question at the end of summer 2021 was who of the three Parisian superstars would take power. The hesitation did not last long. It took a month. The time to see the kid from Bondy enquiller four goals in the first five days, two assists and drop a center on the head of Icardi in the 93rd minute of the shock against Lyon in September to understand that at PSG, this season , there would be only one boss.
And as Mbappé grew, as his influence swelled, the others shrank to become only servants of his Majesty Kylian. Betting on Mbappé last August was however not obvious. After a laborious Euro and a lead penalty, you had to believe in his talent to imagine such an exercise even though his refusal to extend in Paris could have robbed the Park and made his season painful or even endless. Today, while the world champion has still not re-enlisted, the Park would like it never to end in order to enjoy as long as possible the one who dazzled him.
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There are the numbers, of course. Since at the moment, with only four days left, Mbappé sits at the top of the rankings of top scorers (22 goals) and assists (14 assists). But never has a player doubled the bet in the history of the L1 since the League decided to distinguish the best passers in 2008. It would be unique, as is the Parisian season, and would say all of the influence of a man who carried, often alone, the gigantic ambitions of PSG in Ligue 1.
Kylian Mbappé celebrates his goal on penalty during PSG-OM in Ligue 1
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When Lionel Messi dragged his spleen, Neymar took care of his body, when Angel Di Maria was no more than the shadow of the brilliant passer that he was, when Mauro Icardi, who became a starter by default in December and January, struggled to touch more than 15 balls per match, Mbappé held his rank and even more than that. We must remember his double against Monaco, his evening in the stars in Bordeaux (one goal, two assists), his double concluded from his center with the outside of the foot for Danilo Pereira at Geoffroy-Guichard or his five goals and five assists in one week against Lorient then Clermont.
Like Zlatan and Hazard
It’s hard to know if Mbappé’s omnipotence is primarily due to his talent or his sense of duty in the face of the gradual but collective resignation of his attacking friends. Basically, it doesn’t matter, because the result is clear: all season, there was him and the others. Rarely has a champion of France been so dependent on an individual on the season of a coronation. Four times perhaps in the 21st century.
The influence of Kylian Mbappé this year refers to the gigantic exercises of the great Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2013, 2015, 2016), already in Paris, or that of Eden Hazard with LOSC in 2012. This tenth PSG title is therefore that of Kylian Mbappé’s unchallenged takeover at the end of a crazy and dazzling season. Probably his last too but if he leaves in June for Madrid, we can say that the Parisian will have done everything to make a success of his exit. For him, this season looked like a trap, he turned it into a triumph. What talent…
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