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Neymar proposes 'surreal' boycott to PSG fans

Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar has lashed out at the club's fans for their early exit before clinching the Ligue 1 title on Saturday. (Author: Gardener)

NeymarParis Saint-Germain striker Neymar has lashed out at the club's fans for leaving the stadium early ahead of their bid to secure the Ligue 1 title on Saturday. PSG drew 1-1 at home to Lens, enough to seal their 10th league title, but the club's Ultras left the game with 15 minutes to go rather than celebrate with the players. - You don't have ESPN? - Sources: PSG positive about recent Mbappe talks When asked if the fans left before the end of the game, Neymar told ESPN Argentina: "It was surreal that part of the crowd left the stands. They will fed up with whistling because I still have three years of contract." Earlier this season, following PSG's dramatic collapse against Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16, the Brazil international was snubbed alongside team-mate Lionel Messi from his own fans. PSG captain Marquinhos also questioned the club's supporters' decision, telling Canal Plus: "The atmosphere is a shame. I know they were disappointed with Madrid but at some point you have to move on.” PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino has been less critical of the fanbase after clinching the first league title of his coaching career. "We're going through a difficult time with the fans and we hope it gets better," he said. But we have to show respect for this title." Kylian Mbappe, who won the fifth Ligue 1 title of his short career, insisted the fans who left the stadium were in the minority. “I'm not disappointed, if they [the Ultras] want to party, they can; they don't want to, so they don't do it," he told Canal Plus. "The audience was there, it's a minority that left. They don't represent all the fans, they're more of a minority. The stadium was full. We celebrated in the dressing room, the only thing missing was the trophy."

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Mbappé on PSG fans booing Ligue 1 title win

Paris Saint-Germain fans left the Parc des Princes in protest at the club's management before the side clinched a 10th Ligue 1 title on Saturday. (Author: Gardener)

MbappéKylian Mbappé and Neymar applaud PSG fans after Mauricio Pochettino's side won the title against Lens at Parc des Princes. Kylian Mbappé says he understands the fan protests during Paris Saint-Germain's 1-1 draw with Lens on Saturday that sealed the 10th Ligue 1 title. PSG clinched the French league title with four games to go by the point against a 10-man side from Lens who equalized in the 88th minute through Corentin Jean. The home fans began the exit in the 75th minute in protest at the club's leadership, while the final whistle was greeted with boos in parts of the Parc des Princes. Mbappé, 23, believes that while anger at the club's eventual failure to win the Champions League despite significant investment in the squad this season is understandable, there is a need to move on. I, no, I adapt," Mbappé said. They were disappointed, we totally understand them, but it's still a month since it happened [from the Champions League]. “They wanted to send a message, the club understood. You decide, we're not the ones to tell you whether to party or not. With 22 goals and 15 assists in 31 league games this season, Mbappé has now secured his fifth Ligue 1 title following his 2018 World Cup triumph on the list of team honors. While there is speculation as to whether the France international will stay at PSG as his contract expires at the end of the season, his ever-growing list of team and individual achievements is not lost on him. Ultimately, Mbappé says he and his teammates found solace in PSG's dressing room as fans celebrated in front of the stadium. "Maybe I'll stay and we won't win. I'm enjoying the moment, it's my fifth title. “We were very happy, we celebrated in the dressing room. I think people were happy to be there. It's not because a minority of fans left, they don't represent all PSG supporters. After that we wanted to get closer, meet between the players to celebrate in the dressing room.”

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Soccer-Mbappe is key to PSG's future after an outstanding season

Soccer-Mbappe is key to PSG's future after an outstanding season (Author: Gardener)

seasonPARIS (Reuters) - Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe started the Ligue 1 season amid boos from crowds at the Parc des Princes, but his stunning performances were eventually won back by fans as the French striker pushed the club to a record-breaking tenth place led flight title. After wanting to leave the club a season before his contract expired, the 23-year-old became the butt of fans' ire. Instead, he was the only player beyond reproach in a season that saw PSG again eliminated early in the Champions League and squandered a 2-0 aggregate lead in just 15 minutes in the last 16 against Real Madrid. That disappointment left fans frustrated and angry at the whole team - except for Mbappe who scored both goals in the tie. He is the only player to have won the Ultras at Parc des Princes and is expected to finish the season as the first player to lead in both goals and assists. So far he has scored 22 goals and assisted 14, meaning he has played a direct role in nearly 50% of PSG's league goals, eclipsing both Neymar and Lionel Messi, who have played supporting roles with sometimes mediocre performances. Neymar has struggled again with injuries and has shown his talent only sporadically, while Messi, who caused a stir last season, is yet to fully adjust to a new league and team. The Argentina striker has 13 assists but scored just four in Ligue 1, leaving Mbappe alone in the spotlight. Whether they will do better next season is unclear as Mbappe's contract expires in June. Talks are ongoing in Doha, where owners Qatar Sport Investment are based, but sporting director Leonardo said he doesn't know if Mbappe will sign a new contract with the club. He's deep in thought," Leonardo said after Saturday's 1-1 draw with RC Lens that gave PSG the Ligue 1 title with four games to go. "I don't think he's made up his mind yet. He knows what we want, we know what he's thinking. So I think it's a matter of timing. He thinks deeply to make the best decision.

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Mbappe is key to PSG's future after an outstanding season

Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe started the Ligue 1 season amid boos from the Parc des Princes crowd, but his stunning performances were eventually won back by fans as the French striker took the club to a record-breaking 10th top-flight title led. (Author: Gardener)

PSGPARIS, April 24 (Reuters) - Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe started the Ligue 1 season to boos from crowds at Parc des Princes, but his stunning performances eventually won back fans as the French striker transformed the club into one record led. equal to 10th top league title. After wanting to leave the club a season before his contract expired, the 23-year-old became the butt of fans' ire. Instead, he was the only player beyond reproach in a season that saw PSG again eliminated early in the Champions League and squandered a 2-0 aggregate lead in just 15 minutes in the last 16 against Real Madrid. That disappointment left fans frustrated and angry at the whole team - except for Mbappe who scored both goals in the tie. He is the only player to have won the Ultras at Parc des Princes and is expected to finish the season as the first player to lead in both goals and assists. So far he has scored 22 goals and assisted 14, meaning he has played a direct role in nearly 50% of PSG's league goals, eclipsing both Neymar and Lionel Messi, who have played supporting roles with sometimes mediocre performances. Neymar has struggled again with injuries and has shown his talent only sporadically, while Messi, who caused a stir last season, is yet to fully adjust to a new league and team. The Argentina striker has 13 assists but scored just four in Ligue 1, leaving Mbappe alone in the spotlight. Whether they will do better next season is unclear as Mbappe's contract expires in June. Talks are ongoing in Doha, where owners Qatar Sport Investment are based, but sporting director Leonardo said he doesn't know if Mbappe will sign a new contract with the club. He's deep in thought," Leonardo said after Saturday's 1-1 draw with RC Lens that gave PSG the Ligue 1 title with four games to go. "I don't think he's made up his mind yet. He knows what we want, we know what he's thinking. So I think it's a matter of timing. He thinks deeply to make the best decision.

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PSG's record-breaking 10th French title tastes bittersweet

Paris Saint-Germain have won a record-breaking 10th French league title, but many fans aren't happy (Author: Gardener)

FrenchEven as their team clinched a record-breaking 10th French league title late on Saturday, angry fans preferred to express themselves before the end of the 1-1 draw with Lens to celebrate the title outside the Parc des Princes without the players. "I don't understand these things because in football you win and you lose," said PSG midfielder Marco Verratti. Since being acquired by Qatar Sports Investments in 2011, PSG has been the most dominant club in France, having won eight of the last ten titles. Kylian Mbappe didn't have his shooting shoes on against Lens but he was the driving force behind PSG's most recent title and led the league with 22 goals and 14 assists. The French forward was arguably the most valuable player at club and league, outshining his teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar. Messi needed time to adjust in his first season in the French league after two decades in Spain and still made a significant contribution with four goals and 13 assists. Neymar struggled with fitness issues early in the season and was then sidelined for more than two months with an ankle injury. But the Brazilian forward ends the season on a strong note, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists. When Mbappe, Messi or Neymar couldn't make the difference, their teammates got on board. Marquinhos and Angel Di Maria scored to win PSG 2-1 over Lille in October. This is Mauricio Pochettino's first league title. The Argentina coach guided PSG to second place last season after replacing Thomas Tuchel in the winter. Pochettino failed to execute the high-energy style of football he was known for at Tottenham in the English Premier League, especially with attacking players looking like passengers in some games. In a way, the French league has become too small for PSG. With international players in all positions, PSG pretty much runs a fishing trawler while the other French clubs still use fishing rods. But for fans, the season has felt like a step backwards as PSG were knocked out by Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 after reaching the final in 2020 and the semifinals in 2021. Catching Messi among other top signings last summer has raised significant expectations of finally winning Europe's biggest club title. Fans booed PSG heavily in their 3-0 win over Bordeaux in March, just days after PSG lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the second leg of their last 16 games. PSG won the first leg 1-0 and led 1-0 in the second leg as Real Madrid scored three goals in 17 minutes. It was a mental breakdown similar to the 6-1 second-leg defeat to Barcelona in 2017 that rendered the 4-0 first-leg win meaningless. "We've had a difficult season since losing to Real Madrid," said PSG sporting director Leonardo. After the win over Bordeaux, PSG supporters continued to protest at the Parc des Princes, keeping their side silent and refusing to support them with chants. Despite Saturday's French league title, the players were booed at half-time for not being convincing enough. The anger was directed not only at the players, but also at the owners and Leonardo, who questioned their vision and policies. The club signed Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma despite already having world-class goalkeeper Keylor Navas and good backups Sergio Rico and Alphonse Areola. Likewise, Georginio Wijnaldum was a regular starter at Liverpool but proved ill-suited to PSG's football brand. Wijnaldum has only made 17 starts in the club's 34 league games. Sergio Ramos has also been signed despite his final season at Real Madrid being marred by injuries. Ramos was recruited to help PSG shine in the Champions League but the Spanish veteran didn't even play in the competition due to a calf injury and has made just nine appearances in the French league. The club face a major task to mend deteriorating relationships with their supporters, some of whom believe titles aren't everything.

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PSG's record-breaking 10th French title tastes bittersweet

Reaching a milestone title wasn't enough for some Paris Saint-Germain fans. (Author: Gardener)

FrenchPSG's Lionel Messi shoots a free kick during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Lens at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday April 23, 2022. PSG's Lionel Messi, left, and PSG's Neymar prepare for a Free kick ahead during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Lens at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday, April 23, 2022. PSG fans support their team during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Lens at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday April 23, 2022. The sign on the French flag reads 'Kylian Mbappe, your shirt is illuminated'. PSG's Neymar, centre, and Lens' goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca challenge for the ball during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Lens at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday April 23, 2022. Achieving a milestone title was The is not enough for some Paris Saint-Germain fans. Even as their team clinched a record-breaking 10th French league title late on Saturday, angry fans preferred to express themselves before the end of the 1-1 draw with Lens to celebrate the title outside the Parc des Princes without the players. "I don't understand these things because in football you win and you lose," said PSG midfielder Marco Verratti. Since being acquired by Qatar Sports Investments in 2011, PSG has been the most dominant club in France, having won eight of the last ten titles. Kylian Mbappe didn't have his shooting shoes on against Lens but he was the driving force behind PSG's most recent title and led the league with 22 goals and 14 assists. The French forward was arguably the most valuable player at club and league, outshining his teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar. Messi needed time to adjust in his first season in the French league after two decades in Spain and still made a significant contribution with four goals and 13 assists. Neymar struggled with fitness issues early in the season and was then sidelined for more than two months with an ankle injury. But the Brazilian forward ends the season on a strong note, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists. When Mbappe, Messi or Neymar couldn't make the difference, their teammates got on board. Marquinhos and Angel Di Maria scored to win PSG 2-1 over Lille in October. This is Mauricio Pochettino's first league title. The Argentina coach guided PSG to second place last season after replacing Thomas Tuchel in the winter. Pochettino failed to execute the high-energy style of football he was known for at Tottenham in the English Premier League, especially with attacking players looking like passengers in some games. In a way, the French league has become too small for PSG. With international players in all positions, PSG pretty much runs a fishing trawler while the other French clubs still use fishing rods. But for fans, the season has felt like a step backwards as PSG were knocked out by Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 after reaching the final in 2020 and the semifinals in 2021. Catching Messi among other top signings last summer has raised significant expectations of finally winning Europe's biggest club title. Fans booed PSG heavily in their 3-0 win over Bordeaux in March, just days after PSG lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the second leg of their last 16 games. PSG won the first leg 1-0 and led 1-0 in the second leg as Real Madrid scored three goals in 17 minutes. It was a mental breakdown similar to the 6-1 second-leg defeat to Barcelona in 2017 that rendered the 4-0 first-leg win meaningless. "We've had a difficult season since losing to Real Madrid," said PSG sporting director Leonardo. After the win over Bordeaux, PSG supporters continued to protest at the Parc des Princes, keeping their side silent and refusing to support them with chants. Despite Saturday's French league title, the players were booed at half-time for not being convincing enough. The anger was directed not only at the players, but also at the owners and Leonardo, who questioned their vision and policies. The club signed Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma despite already having world-class goalkeeper Keylor Navas and good backups Sergio Rico and Alphonse Areola. Likewise, Georginio Wijnaldum was a regular starter at Liverpool but proved ill-suited to PSG's football brand. Wijnaldum has only made 17 starts in the club's 34 league games. Sergio Ramos has also been signed despite his final season at Real Madrid being marred by injuries. Ramos was recruited to help PSG shine in the Champions League but the Spanish veteran didn't even play in the competition due to a calf injury and has made just nine appearances in the French league. The club face a major task to mend deteriorating relationships with their supporters, some of whom believe titles aren't everything.

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PSG claim a record-breaking 10th title despite a Lens draw

With four games remaining, PSG have an unassailable 16-point lead over second-placed Marseille. (Author: Gardener)

LensParis Saint-Germain clinched a record-breaking 10th Ligue 1 title on Saturday, level with Saint-Etienne despite a 1-1 home draw against 10-man Lens. Lionel Messi appeared to have struck a good winner in the 68th minute but Lens put a damper on the already muted title party at the Parc des Princes through Corentin Jean with two minutes remaining. With four games remaining, PSG have an unassailable 16-point lead over second-placed Marseille. Mauricio Pochettino's men reclaim the crown from Lille, who were shock champions last season. However, this season is still seen as a failure for PSG after their dramatic loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16, after also suffering a surprise French Cup defeat to Nice. An inevitable league title was confirmed in Paris on Saturday in a strangely uncelebratory atmosphere, with some 'Ultras' leaving early in protest after being knocked out of the Champions League. Attention in the French capital now turns to Kylian Mbappe's future with the star striker yet to decide whether to stay at PSG or join Real Madrid before next season. Lens started strong when Seko Fofana fired an early shot just over the bar. However, PSG grew into the game as visiting goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca was forced into clever saves from Achraf Hakimi and Messi. Mbappe's first big chance came just after the half-hour but the striker shot wildly after being played on target by Neymar's clever flick. Mbappe almost broke the deadlock early in the second half after a quick free-kick from Verratti, but his first try was saved by Leca and his follow-up attempt was blocked on the line. PSG's hopes of completing the title with a win were boosted in the 57th minute when Danso saw a second yellow card after a tackle against Neymar. Messi almost hit the corner of the net with the resulting free-kick, but Leca dashed to the right to make another good save. Sergio Ramos should have scored midway through the second half but the experienced centre-back fired over the goal from eight yards. - Messi scores - It was Messi who finally gave the game a memorable moment, rolling over Leca from the edge of the box with a striking finish. The Argentine has scored four Ligue 1 goals in a disappointing first season for PSG since leaving Barcelona. European hopefuls Lens were pushing for a winner that would have kept PSG at least 24 hours away, but the home side held on and almost won themselves when Mbappe went terribly wide. The final whistle brought bizarre scenes with the Lens players celebrating and the newly crowned PSG champions looking embarrassed. Elsewhere, Monaco moved up to third place ahead of Rennes on Saturday with a 4-1 win at relegation-threatened Saint-Etienne. The game was suspended for more than half an hour due to smoke from torches in the crowd. Wissam Ben Yedder scored his 20th league goal of the season as Monaco took their sixth consecutive league win, overtaking Rennes, who host Lorient on Sunday, on goal difference.

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PSG regain Ligue 1 titles as Lionel Messi lifts first trophy since leaving Barcelona

Lionel Messi has won his first trophy since leaving Barcelona. He helped Paris Saint-Germain win Ligue 1 and clinch the 35th title of his club career. (Author: Gardener)

Lionel MessiParis Saint-Germain were confirmed as French champions on Saturday after beating Lens 1-1. Messi and company needed just one point to give PSG their 10th Ligue 1 title. They were almost twice better after Messi scored his fourth league goal of the season to put PSG ahead in the 68th minute. PSG seemed on course to victory, especially as Lens had been reduced to 10 men 11 minutes from Messi's strike when Kevin Danso received his second yellow card. But Corentin Jean stunned the Parc des Princes with an equalizer two minutes from time to take some of the luster out of PSG's celebrations. With PSG's 10th title, they move up with Saint-Etienne as the joint most successful club in Ligue 1 history. They have now been French champions eight times in the last 10 years. Lille won Ligue 1 in 2021 after Monaco were crowned in 2017.

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Bayern win 10th Bundesliga in a row, PSG also win 10th Ligue 1

FC Bayern Munich beat second-placed Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at home, breaking the record for the tenth time in a row and extending the Bundesliga title. (Author: Gardener)

PSGFC Bayern Munich extended the record for the tenth time in a row with a 3-1 home win over second-placed Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Juventus have previously managed nine consecutive Serie A championships, but Bayern Munich are the first to enjoy a decade of unchallenged dominance in a premier league. FC Bayern Munich has meanwhile become German champion 32 times, 31 of them in the Bundesliga era from the 1963/1964 season. In France, Lionel Messi scored a lovely goal as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) sealed their 10th Ligue 1 title, although it was handed back late against Lens in a 1-1 draw. PSG went into the game at the Parc des Princes knowing that one point would be enough to clinch a record-breaking 10th Ligue 1 title. Lens sent Kevin Danso off in the 57th minute and 11 minutes later Messi clinched the title with a superb long-range goal. Mauricio Pochettino's men were whistled at by home fans at half-time. Seko Fofana and Danso squandered early chances for Lens before Achraf Hakimi and Neymar were close for PSG. At Munich's Allianz Arena, a brilliant goal from Serge Gnabry opened the scoring after 15 minutes, while Robert Lewandowski doubled the lead before half-time. But despite scoring chances, they failed to find the equalizer needed to prolong the title fight before Jamal Musiala's end six minutes from time. Bayern Munich lead the table with just three games left on 12 points, giving coach Julian Nagelsmann his first major honor of his debut season in Munich. But while Munich's staff has changed over the past decade, the result of Bayern Munich's Bundesliga win - often with room for improvement - has remained constant. Bayern Munich have not been at their best this season, as evidenced by their early elimination from the DFB-Pokal and disappointing quarter-final defeat in the UEFA Champions League. But in over 31 games of the 34-game Bundesliga season, they remained untouchable. "In the end, it was important for us to finish the game sensibly after the loss against Villarreal," said Nagelsmann and remains "very ambitious" for the future.

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Lionel Messi's sensational goal secured PSG a record-breaking 10th Ligue 1 title

The 34-year-old Argentine's rocket from outside the box was all it took for PSG to secure a 1-1 draw and regain the Ligue 1 title. (Author: Gardener)

Lionel Messi'sPSG secured the Ligue 1 title in a 1-1 draw with Lens thanks to a beautiful left-footed rocket from Lionel Messi. The win put the star-studded club in a tie with AS Saint-Étienne and Olympique Lyonnais for the most top titles; The clubs have each won 10 top-flight titles between 1935 and 2009. The win, combined with Wednesday's 3-0 win at Angers, took PSG's overall points tally for the season to 78 points; The club's record now stands at 24-6-4 with four games remaining. Messi missed the midweek game through injury but Mauricio Pochettino's side did well thanks to goals from Kylian Mbappé, Sergio Ramos and Marquinhos. Winners of eight of their last ten Ligue 1 titles, PSG are helping to ease the sting of last month's round of 16 elimination in the Champions League following a defeat by Real Madrid. Saturday's victory is also the first trophy won by the acclaimed Messi-Neymar-Mbappé trio since 34-year-old Messi left Barcelona last summer.

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