Manchester United and England’s record goalscorer, Wayne Rooney, was amongst those to criticise Mbappe for his antics. “A 23-year-old player commits to pushing Messi, I even have never seen an even bigger ego in my life,” he said. “Someone should remind Mbappe that when Messi was 23 he had already won 4 Ballons d’Or.”
Messi was effectively forced to go away Barcelona last summer when their financial difficulties prevented them from renewing his lucrative contract. His first campaign in Paris was underwhelming when it comes to goals, notching just six times within the league, but he has already made a storming begin to 2022/23 with four-goal contributions in his first three matches.
Last term, Mbappe put up superb numbers in Ligue 1 with 28 goals and 17 assists in 35 outings.