Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo: "The tie is not over yet"

Vincent De Villiers
Fevereiro 26, 2018

Despite that demolition, which included three goals tacked on after the hour mark, Dijon showed some good humour on Wednesday, taking their chance to snipe back at Rabiot via Twitter. They possessed a French head coach who happens to be one the greatest players of all-time and, crucially you would've thought, they had Cristiano Ronaldo - Mbappe's childhood hero. Find out by following our live matchcast. The list goes on.

But, perhaps surprisingly to many onlookers, he still chose Paris.

With the presence of Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Isco, Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio this was not something Madrid could offer.

The French capital was where Mbappe was born and grew up.

"This was an important victory".

As we have already seen, París Saint-Germain have only conceded 17 goals this season, however, looking at those instances more closely there may be another area for Madrid to target. This 21-year-old Argentine made his Champions League debut in the group stage and, despite his promise, throwing him into a potential Bernabéu cauldron in such a pivotal role could prove to be a step too far in his development.

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And the final reason?

Marcelo, the Real left-back and an international colleague of the Brazilian forward, said at the weekend that he could see Neymar one day in the home dressing room at the Bernabeu.

The fact is that PSG are a financial powerhouse in the modern game and they were willing to pay a significant figure to make sure they got their man.

Madrid, for their part, couldn't, or at least chose not to, compete with PSG's riches. God knows that in football everything is possible (and we're the first to know) when we have the desire and the determination.

That, financially and almost certainly with one eye on keeping their current mega stars appeased, just didn't add up for Madrid.

He will be partnered in the centre of PSG's defence by Presnel Kimpembe, sports daily L'Equipe claimed, with captain Thiago Silva being dropped. The teenager is the youngest player to reach 10 Champions League goals - and PSG beat Real to his signature last August.

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