Lionel Messi Rejects Kylian Mbappe's Claim On Euros Being Tougher: 'That's Why Everyone...'

Lionel Messi, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 2022, countered Mbappe's claim. Messi's argument hinges on the idea that the World Cup features the very best teams from every continent. Messi also believes that this makes the tournament far tougher and more inclusive and, thereby, is the ultimate test for any national team.
Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe

Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.

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Lionel Messi has fired back at Kylian Mbappe's recent comments suggesting the European Championship is tougher to win than the World Cup. In an interview with ESPN, Messi passionately defended the World Cup's prestige.
Earlier, it was Mbappe who courted controversy after stating that the EURO is harder than the FIFA World Cup, adding that the pressure is higher and the style of play is similar.
"The Euros are complicated. For me, more complicated than a World Cup. Even if there is more pressure at the World Cup. All the teams know each other, we play against each other all the time. Tactically, it is a very similar soccer," Mbappe was quoted by BOLA VIP as saying.
This is not all. Mbappe made a similar comment before the 2022 World Cup and said: "The advantage we Europeans have is that we always play between us, in high level matches like the Nations League. When we arrive to the World Cup, we are ready. Brazil and Argentina don't have that level in South America. Soccer is not as advanced as here in Europe. That's why the last World Champions are always Europeans."
Messi, a World Cup winner with Argentina in 2022, countered Mbappe's claim and said that EURO cannot be more challenging than the World Cup because no South American competes in the tournament. However, Messi reminded the Frenchman, saying, "He also said that the South American teams didn't have the competition of the Europeans. Everyone values what they play. The EURO's is very important, but it leaves out Argentina, 3-time world champion; Brazil, 5-time world champion; Uruguay, two-time world champion," Messi told Martin Arevalo of ESPN.
"There are many world champions left out to say that the Euro is the most difficult, right? In the World Cup, the best teams are there, all the world champions are generally there. That's why everyone wants to be world champion," Messi reminded.
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