Paris Saint Germain (PSG) failed again, a project run from Qatar without economic considerations when hiring stars. Only in the boots of
Paris Saint Germain (PSG) failed again, a project run from Qatar without economic considerations when hiring stars. Only in the boots of the French Kylian Mbappé, the Argentine Lionel Messi and the Brazilian Neymar, there are about 110 million euros of annual salaries.
And the truth is, nothing else can be said that the Parisian club plays well, falls in love at times with its fine technique and exquisite handling of the ball. But we already know that in football, as in all sports, if you don’t win, it’s useless.
The result ended up being lapidary and the euphoria unleashed at the Santiago Bernabéu lasted until dawn. With two repeated choruses: “we are the kings of the Champions League” and “Karin Benzema, Benzema, Benzema”.
The two allusions more than justified. The “white house” is the team with the most “orejonas” in the history of the European Champions League with 13 and the Frenchman Benzema was probably able to hang on to the best suit of his career with his decisive hat-trick.
A feat that allowed him to surpass none other than Alfredo di Stefano (306 goals), becoming the club’s third scorer in history. Benzema now has 309 goals, surpassed by Raúl González (323) and Cristiano Ronaldo (450).
«It was very difficult, but from the beginning we pushed and in the end we deserved the victory with mental strength and collective spirit. And we qualified. We lost in the first leg, and at the break we were eliminated, although not defeated, and on the pitch we gave everything”, Benzema said.
The monotheme that has dominated football gossip for several months, the eventual hiring of Mbappé to Real Madrid, was left in the background. Those from the Spanish capital went to the quarterfinals in the European competition, but the epic comeback left them with a taste of having won it.
Very touched were the sports director of Paris Saint-Germain, the Brazilian Leonardo, and the club’s coach, the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino.
It is said that the president of the campus, the Qatari Nasser Al Khelaifi, and Leonardo, went to protest in the referees’ room and did so in a disorganized manner, as can be seen in a video taken.
With a 1-0 lead in the first leg, the work of Mbappé, PSG seemed to control the result (2-0 on aggregate).
However, at 61 minutes Benzema upset goalkeeper Donnarumma, he threw the ball at the feet of Vinicius, who returned it to the Frenchman for the equalizer. Then, the merengue whirlwind was present, Benzema himself achieved 2-1 at 76 and the lapidary 3-1 at 78. Another shipwreck of the petrodollars.