Angel Di Maria reveals his ‘surprise’ at PSG handing superstar forward Kylian Mbappe ‘all the power’ at the club with a record-breaking contract this summer… especially with Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi at the club
- Angel Di Maria has questioned PSG’s call to give Kylian Mbappe ‘all the power’
- The French giants tied the superstar forward down to a new deal in May 2022
- And Di Maria is surprised they have not given more responsibility to Lionel Messi
Angel Di Maria has questioned Paris Saint-Germain‘s decision to give Kylian Mbappe ‘all the power’ – especially when they also have Lionel Messi in their ranks.
The French giants tied superstar forward Mbappe down to a new three-year deal in May, reportedly worth £4million a month, plus a £100m signing-on fee, making him the highest-paid player in the world.
PSG’s contract is also said to include authority over picking the team and hiring and firing managers, which has led to tensions with high-profile team-mates like Brazilian forward Neymar.
And Di Maria told ESPN Argentina that he is ‘surprised’ PSG have bestowed so much responsibility on Mbappe, particularly given they also boast Argentine Lionel Messi, one of the greatest players of all time, in their team.
He said: ‘I think France in general have given Mbappe a lot of responsibility. The people, the president, PSG.
Angel Di Maria questioned Paris Saint-Germain’s decision to give Kylian Mbappe ‘all the power’
Di Maria said it was surprising given the French giants have Lionel Messi (left) in their ranks too
Di Maria and Messi were in the Argentina side to beat Mbappe’s France in the World Cup final
‘They made him stay when he could have left and gave him all the power to be him and no one else.
‘But there’s a big difference, they gave him all that power with the best in history [Messi] next to him.
‘I think they gave him all that power and strength because he’s French, he was born there, won a World Cup and has an extraordinary career ahead of him. But all that aside, when I was at PSG he was a good boy and I don’t think he’s changed so much.’
Mbappe, 24, is considered one of the best players of the current generation and has 25 goals in 27 appearances in all competitions this season.
He was heavily linked with a summer move to Spanish side and European champions Real Madrid but chose to stay in the French capital.
Di Maria played alongside the former Monaco forward at the Parc des Princes from 2017 to 2022, before leaving for Juventus on a free transfer.
His Argentina side, which also included Messi, beat Mbappe’s France in the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar in December.
Next up, Christophe Galtier’s side, currently top of Ligue 1 by five points, face Lille on Sunday.