Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez hits back at ‘unfair’ comments from Kylian Mbappe on South America after the PSG star said football in the country was ‘not as advanced’ as it is in Europe
- French forward Kylian Mbappe has sparked fury in South America with his quotes
- Mbappe said Argentina ‘haven’t played games of great quality’ to reach Qatar
- Inter’s Lautaro Martinez and Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez have responded
- Click here for all the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates
Inter Milan and Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez has hit back at ‘unfair’ comments made by French star Kylian Mbappe about South American football ahead of this year’s World Cup.
Speaking to TNT Sports Brasil, Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe suggested European teams had a far greater chance of glory in Qatar than their South American counterparts.
‘Argentina haven’t played games of great quality to reach the World Cup,’ Mbappe said.
Kylian Mbappe has sparked a furious response with his comments on South American football
‘In South America football isn’t as advanced as Europe. That’s why if you look at the last World Cups it’s always the Europeans that win.’
Martinez took issue with Mbappe’s comments and told TyC Sports that he was wide of the mark in his assessment of South American football.
‘Most of those of us who have been called up are in Europe and every day, even every training, you measure up against them,’ said Martinez.
‘That’s why I’ll say that we’re feeling good and working on the ideas the trainer asks of us. We are happy with how it’s working and what we’re doing on the field.
Martinez was unhappy at Mbappe as the war of words between the pair heated up
‘I saw what [Mbappe] said, but Argentina and Brazil have players of great quality and talent.
‘Brazil, just like us, has most of its players in Europe. I thought it was an unfair comment.’
Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez also responded to Mbappe, who made worldwide headlines by snubbing a move to Real Madrid in favour of signing a new £650,000-a-week deal at PSG.
‘Bolivia in La Paz, Ecuador with 30-degree celsius heat, Colombia where you can’t even breathe… they (in Europe) always play on perfect pitches and have no idea what South America is all about,’ he said.
‘Every time you travel with the national team you’ve got two days coming and going, you are exhausted and can’t train much.
‘When an England player goes to train they are at the ground in half an hour. Let them go to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and see if it is that easy.’
The previous four World Cups have been won by European countries. Brazil are the last South American team to lift the famous trophy after they triumphed in 2002.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez also hit back at Mbappe for his comments
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