Leonardo assures that Messi, Neymar and Mbappé lacked support from within PSG
Brazilian Leonardo, former sporting director of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), stated that Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé lacked support and recognition from within the French club to reach a winning “state of spirit. ”
In an interview on the “Ge” portal released this Tuesday, the former soccer player and former coach ruled out that one of the factors that caused the famous offensive trident to founder in the Champions League were “ego” problems between them.
” These guys who have that level of talent are not complicated. They solve more problems than they create and, if their problems have to be solved, it is done. You have to assume the pros and cons,” he analyzed.
However, he considered that they did not get along on the field as expected because from within the club they did not do enough to make them feel “good” and “recognized.”” People have to feel good. These guys need a state of mind, they need to be well, they need to be recognized. And the one who has to do that work is the club, it is us, the leaders,” he indicated.
Although, in the sequence, according to the transcript of the interview, he added that the stars” also have to make themselves available for that to happen.”
“For me, player and coach, even if they are at that level, they win games and whoever wins championships is the club. Whoever wins championships is the company,” he stated.
Leonardo was fired from the position of PSG sporting director in May 2021, amid alleged tensions with Kylian Mbappé.
Shortly after, Messi landed in the French team, where he formed an attacking trio along with Neymar, with whom he already played at Barcelona, and Mbappé.
However, together, they did not achieve PSG’s great goal: winning the first Champions League in the club’s history. In the 2021/22 season, PSG was eliminated by Real Madrid, the eventual champion, in the round of 16 and last season they lost in the same round against Bayern Munich.
For this season, the trident disintegrated with the departure of Messi to Inter Miami and Neymar to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia. Regarding the transfer of the Brazilian number 10, Leonardo said that he believes that “he can maintain his form, his level of competitiveness” and “continue playing at a high level” in Saudi Arabia, if he wants.
“I imagine it is a huge movement (the fact that the Saudi League has signed big stars) and he felt involved in it and made the decision to go,” he declared.