Amid uncertainty over his own future at Paris Saint-Germain, Kylian Mbappé has hit out at the treatment of Lionel Messi by the club and French soccer in general following the high-profile departure of the Argentina star.
Messi signed for Major League soccer franchise Inter Miami last week after rejecting a contract extension at PSG, bringing to a close a two-year spell with the French team.
Messi’s final months at PSG were marked by jeers from fans as his form dipped after he helped Argentina win the World Cup, and a suspension by the club after an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia.
“We’re talking about potentially the best player in the history of soccer,” Mbappé said in an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. “It’s never good news when someone like Messi leaves.
“Personally I haven’t really understood why so many people were relieved that he was leaving. We’re talking about Messi: he should be respected but instead he didn’t get the respect he deserved in France. It’s a pity, but that’s how it went. The club will have to do what they can to replace him.”
PSG might also have to find a replacement for Mbappé soon after the 24-year-old told the club he will not take up the option of a 12-month extension on his contract, which expires at the end of next season.
The news immediately saw Mbappé linked with Real Madrid, which has long been after the French superstar and had an offer of 180 million euros ($190 million) rejected in 2021.
Madrid missed out again last year when Mbappé signed a new deal with PSG, but the French club is unlikely to risk him leaving as a free agent next year. Kickoff at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona is set for 10 p.m. ET. The Mexicans are the -330 favorites (risk $330 to win $100) in the latest Mexico vs. Haiti odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the Haitians are +850 underdogs. A 90-minute draw is priced at +390 and the over/under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before locking in any Haiti vs. Mexico picks, you need to see what proven SportsLine soccer expert Martin Green has to say.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since last year’s World Cup, Green has been profitable in multiple areas on his soccer picks, including the Champions League (+4.78 units), the FA Cup (+3.07), the EFL Cup (+3.64), Euro 2024 qualifiers (+3.01) the Europa League (+1.60) and he’s off to a 3-1 start in the Concacaf Gold Cup. Now, Green has broken down Mexico vs. Haiti from every angle and just revealed his picks and predictions
The Mexicans have lost just one of their nine matches across all competitions since their 2-0 setback against Argentina in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup. They have recorded five victories and three draws in that span, posting four clean sheets along the way. Mexico have amassed 16 goals during the stretch, with 12 different players converting.
Midfielders Luis Romo, Orbelin Pineda and Luis Chavez have netted two tallies apiece over the nine-game period. All three scored in Sunday’s victory over Honduras, with the 28-year-old Romo recording the first of his two goals less than a minute into the contest. Pineda’s tally was his fifth in 13 career Gold Cup matches, three of which came during the 2021 competition.
Why you should back Haiti
The Haitians haven’t lost since March 27 as they’ve registered six wins and a draw across all competitions after dropping a 2-1 decision to Guatemala in an international friendly. Haiti have outscored their opponents 24-6 during their unbeaten streak, scoring at least four goals in three of the contests while posting three clean sheets. The most productive player of late has been striker Carnejy Antoine, who has netted five tallies over the team’s last six matches.
Forwards Mondy Prunier and Frantzdy Pierrot have recorded four goals apiece in that span and winger Derrick Etienne Jr. has converted three times while striker Duckens Nazon and midfielder Steeven Saba have netted two tallies apiece. The 28-year-old Pierrot extended his goal-scoring streak to three games by producing the winner against Qatar on Sunday in the 97th minute. Nazon is the top scorer for CSKA Sofia of the Bulgarian First League this season with 18 goals in 32 matches.
Lineups are in for Haiti-Mexico
Haiti and Mexico will try to follow up a thrilling finish to the opener between Qatar and Honduras. For Mexico, the same lineup that crushed Honduras 4-0 last Sunday starts vs. Haiti, including one of the best Gold Cup performers of all time, veteran goalkeeper Memo Ochoa.
Alberth Elis got a leg on a header into the box and pushed the ball into the net in the final minute of stoppage time in the second half, and Honduras came away with a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Qatar in the first Concacaf Gold Cup match of Thursday in Glendale.
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