Kylian Mbappé responds to Emi Martinez’s World Cup jibes as he looks forward to Messi’s return | World News

Kylian Mbappé has dismissed the celebratory World Cup taunts directed at him by Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez as “rubbish”.

Martinez observed a minute of silence. Mbappe Poses with a doll with the striker’s face during his team’s dressing room celebrations in Qatar and later during a parade in Buenos Aires.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Final - Argentina v France - Lucille Stadium, Lucille, Qatar - December 18, 2022 Kylian Mbappe of France looks disappointed after the match REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Asked about the teasing after his first match in France, Mbappé said: “Celebrations, they’re not my problem. I don’t waste any energy on such frivolous things.

“What’s important for me is to do my best for my club, and we’re looking forward to Leo. [Messi] Coming back to keep scoring and winning matches.”

Earlier this month, Mbappé became the first player to score a hat-trick in one. The World Cup Final after England’s Sir Geoff Hurst in 1966.

Despite his valiant efforts, France still lost to Argentina on penalties.

The 24-year-old said he had “difficult hours” after the defeat, adding: “Personally, I will never get over it. But my club is not responsible for our team’s failure. Yes, so I tried to come back. The most positive energy possible.”

Speaking about his Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) teammate Messi, who is set to return to France on New Year’s Day after a long break, Mbappé said: “I spoke to him after the match, I Congratulations to them.

“It was a life goal for him, for me too, but I failed, so you always have to be a good sportsman.

Mbappé won his first game since the World Cup final as PSG beat Strasbourg 2-1 on Wednesday.

Martinez will return to Aston Villa on Thursday, and the club’s manager, Unai Emery, has said he will speak to him about the post-match celebrations.

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