Mbappe rejects the sarcasm of the Argentine goalkeeper and says not to waste time and energy in “useless things”.

Paris: France forward Kylian Mbappe ignored Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez’s sarcasm after the World Cup final, saying he “doesn’t waste time and energy in unnecessary things” in awaiting the return of Lionel Messi, his colleague at Paris Saint-Germano. Mbappé became the second player to score a hat-trick in the World Cup final, having brought his country back to the match with a late-second-half brace and a penalty kick in extra time. But his efforts weren’t enough after Argentina finally won on penalties. During Argentina’s triumphant homecoming, fans set fire to a coffin lid adorned with Mbappe’s image and Martinez carried a doll with Mbappe’s face during the victory parade in an open-top bus through the capital on 23 December. “These celebrations are not my problem. I don’t waste my time and energy in unnecessary things. “What’s important to me is to do my best for my team, and we can’t wait for Leo (Messi) to come back to keep scoring and winning games.” Leaders Paris St Germain are now eight points clear of second-placed Lens in standings, who will travel to Nice on Thursday in away. In response to a question about Messi, the captain of Argentina who won the World Cup, who will return to the club Parisian at the start of the new year, Mbappé said he congratulated him after the final match. “Winning the World Cup has been one of the most important goals of my life, as well as Messi,” he said. I failed, though, you have to be sporty. Villa coach Unai Emery has said he will speak to Martinez about the goalkeeper situation during the World Cup celebrations when he returns to the club. (Reuters)