Kylian Mbappe says goodbye to PSG fans with defeat in final home game

Written by on May 13, 2024

Paris Saint-Germain Player, Kylian Mbappe scored, on Sunday, which was his final home appearance. However, in spite of this, the French champions suffered a surprise 3-1 defeat against Toulouse on the night they picked up the Ligue 1 championship trophy.

In a social media video, posted on Friday, Mbappe confirmed that he would be leaving PSG at the expiration of his contract at the end of the season, putting an end to a seven-year association with the club.

There is no secret about Mbappe’s impending departure from Paris, since the news has been in circulation since February when he privately informed the club of his intention to move on. It has been said that he is headed for Real Madrid.

 

Kylian wore the captain’s armband and opened the scoring early on against Toulouse taking his tally to 44 goals in for the season.

However, the victory was short-lived when Thijs Dallinga quickly equalised for the visitors against a PSG side which showed 10 changes to the team knocked out of the Champions League by Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals in midweek, with Mbappe the only player to keep his place.

Yann Gboho took it a step further with a brilliant strike in the second half putting Toulouse ahead and Frank Magri wrapped up the win in stoppage time as PSG suffered just their second Ligue 1 loss this season, and their first in 27 games since September.

 

Mbappe has now scored 256 times for PSG, a club-record tally, since signing from Monaco in 2017 in a deal worth 180 million euros ($194 million).

Coach Luis Enrique described the 25-year-old as “a club legend” when he spoke to media on the eve of the game. His tally which totals 191 goals in France’s top flight puts him in seventh place in the all-time list.

There were even some jeers from the crowd for the striker when the teams were read out before the game, although a huge display was unfurled before kick-off at one end of the stadium depicting Mbappe in a trademark pose with his arms folded.

Enrique further described the tribute as ‘’deserved’’ and ‘’beautiful’’.

PSG’s Champions League disappointment means Mbappe will leave the club without ever having got his hands on European football’s greatest prize.

 

With Mbappe, PSG were runners-up in 2020 and have since reached the last four on two further occasions, but the France captain will now hope to finally get his hands on the trophy at his next club.

PSG can still finish the season by completing a clean sweep of domestic honours, as they face Lyon in the French Cup final in Lyon on May 25.


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