Ken Early: Can you really blame PSG hyperstars for being selfish?

Insane intensity of the social media circus surrounds Mbappé, Neymar and Messi

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar during PSG’s win against Montpellier. Photograph: Getty Images

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar during PSG’s win against Montpellier. Photograph: Getty Images

There didn’t seem to be anything on for Kylian Mbappé, and for most players there wouldn’t have been. He was standing on the goal line, 10 yards from the near post of Montpellier’s goal, the path to the centre blocked by Nicolas Pozzo, and more defenders behind him in reserve.

But players like Mbappé have the power to make opponents disappear. He chipped the ball suddenly along the goal line, through a space that hardly seemed to exist, and darted after it leaving Pozzo tackling air. Junior Sambia scrambled to cover and Mbappé effortlessly disappeared past him too, jinking to the right with a couple of quick touches.

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