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Barcelona forward lashes out at Kylian Mbappe for his comments on South American football

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Barcelona forward Raphinha recently had something to say to Kylian Mbappe, the new signing for Real Madrid. 

The former Leeds United frontman reminded the Frenchman that he lost the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar against Argentina, a team from South America. This comment came after Mbappe claimed that the Euro Cup is more challenging than the World Cup.

“Unfortunately for him and happily for us, he lost a World Cup against a team from South America,” said Raphinha as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Comments backfired?

Furthermore, Raphinha brought up another controversial comment made by Mbappe a few years ago. 

He had said that qualifying for the World Cup is harder in Europe than in South America because he believed that football in South America was not as developed.

Fast forward a few months, and Mbappe found himself in the World Cup final against Argentina, led by Lionel Messi. The game ended in a 3-3 tie after extra time, and Argentina won in the penalty shootout.

Kylian Mbappe made some comments about South American football. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Raphinha expressed his thoughts, saying that he would like to see European teams compete in the South American qualifiers, playing in the conditions and fields they have in South America. 

He questioned if the European teams would find it as easy or difficult as they think.

“I would like to see the European teams play the South American qualifiers in the fields we go to. There I would see if it is easy or difficult,” said the Brazilian.

Raphinha used Mbappe’s past statements and the outcome of the World Cup final to challenge the Frenchman’s views on the difficulty of South American football. 

He suggested that the conditions and level of play in South America might be underestimated by those in Europe. 

His comments highlight the ongoing debate about the differences in football between continents and add fuel to the rivalry between top players and teams.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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