Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez hits back at ‘unfair’ comments from Kylian Mbappe

Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez hits back at ‘unfair’ comments by Kylian Mbappe on South America after the PSG star said football in the country is ‘not as advanced’ as it is in Europe

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 hinted that European teams stand a far better chance of glory in Qatar than their South American counterparts.

“Argentina didn’t play great games to reach the World Cup,” said Mbappe.

Kylian Mbappe has caused a sensation with his comments on South American football

Kylian Mbappe has caused a sensation with his comments on South American football

“Football in South America is not as advanced as in Europe. That’s why, if you look at the last World Cups, it’s always the Europeans who win.”

Martinez criticized Mbappe’s comments and told TyC Sports that he was way off the mark with his assessment of South American football.

“Most of us who have been called up are in Europe and every day, even at every training session, you compete with them,” Martinez said.

“That’s why I say we’re feeling good and we’re working on the ideas that the coach is asking of us. We’re happy with how it’s working and what we’re doing on the field.

Martinez was unhappy with Mbappe as the battle of words between the two intensified

Martinez was unhappy with Mbappe as the battle of words between the two intensified

“I saw something [Mbappe] said, but Argentina and Brazil have players of great quality and talent.

“Brazil, like us, have most of their players in Europe. I thought it was an unfair comment.’

Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez also reacted to Mbappe making headlines around the world by declining a move to Real Madrid in favor of signing a new £650,000-a-week deal at PSG.

“Bolivia in La Paz, Ecuador with 30 degrees 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 about,” he said.

“Every time you travel with the national team, two days go by, you’re exhausted and you can’t train much.

“If an English player goes to training, he’ll be down in half an hour. Let them go to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and see if it’s that easy.’

The last four World Cups have been won by European countries. Brazil are the last South American team to lift the famous trophy after triumphing in 2002.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez also hit back at Mbappe for his comments

Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez also hit back at Mbappe for his comments

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