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

Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez hits back at Kylian Mbappe’s ‘dishonest’ comments about South America after the PSG star said football in the country was ‘not as advanced’ as it was in Europe

Inter Milan and Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez has hit back at ‘dishonest’ comments 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 that European teams have a much higher chance of glory in Qatar than their South American counterparts.

“Argentina has not played high-quality matches to make it to the World Cup,” Mbappe said.

Kylian Mbappe has sparked a furious reaction with his comments about South American football

Kylian Mbappe has sparked a furious reaction with his comments about South American football

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

Martinez disagreed with Mbappe’s comments, telling TyC Sports that he disagreed with his assessment of South American football.

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

“That’s why I say we feel good and work on the ideas that the trainer asks of us. We are happy with how it works and what we do on the pitch.

Martinez was unhappy with Mbappe as the war of words flared up between the pair

Martinez was unhappy with Mbappe as the war of words flared up between the pair

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

“Brazil, like us, has the most players in Europe. I thought it was an unfair comment.’

Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez also responded to Mbappe, who made headlines worldwide by rejecting a move to Real Madrid in favor of signing a new £650,000-a-week deal with PSG.

“Bolivia in La Paz, Ecuador with a heat of 30 degrees Celsius, 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 you have two days to come and go, you are exhausted and can’t train much.

“When an English player starts training, he is on the ground within half an hour. Let them go to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and see if it’s that easy.’

The previous four World Cups have been won by European countries. Brazil is the last South American team to take home the famous trophy after winning in 2002.

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

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

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