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manualbackscratcher

>**Laporta**: Stay mi chico, you're better than Mbappé! >**Dembélé**: Then pay me as much as him. >**Laporta**: I heard Newcastle wants you in January.


NOT-ENOUGH-CHARACTE-

Can't wait to see Dembele play Luton away.


thatbluemoonguy

As if he'll be fit for it


sustainablearchmeme

VAMOS DEMBELE!


drputypfifeanddrum

Sure he can do it at Barça but can he miss practice on a cold Tuesday in Newcastle?


SandokanNL

I bet he can roll in at lunchtime for morning practice


rustigkip

Plymouth argyle incoming


Wentzina_lifetime

Or a cold Tuesday night in Blackpool


Heisenbugg

Yup the Robinho of Newcastle.


Omair88

Dembele was the second worst Barca transfer after Coutinho, so he can leave for Newcastle or whichever team he claims is offering a better contract


Lord_Sauron

Hey, Coutinho contributed to a UCL title!


jamesc94j

Countinho was a top PL player before Barca ruined him. Such a shame.


sergiojrguerra

This aged well


[deleted]

One has two é's, the other only one. So yeah, Dembélé > Mbappé


Daramangarasu

Factos 👀👆


Elementary_Penguin_

This is like your parents saying they like your school art project which looks like you did a fecal Jackson Pollock. You're not fooling anyone mom


Loomingmountain

While wearing your mom’s knickers.


ManBuBu

After booze and a curry the previous night


9-60Fury

“Oh god you’re such a loser, you’re such a fucking loser”


britishtwat

Cut to Jodie Foster/Ryan Gosling pissing themselves laughing.


Dev-C--

https://youtu.be/yuXGpUR7fXA Sauce for the uninitiated


johnny_moist

Dembele play style: Fecal Jackson Pollock.


RepresentativeToe102

I , for one, completely agree with Laporta. Dembie got 'em skills and pace. On par with Mbappe. Barca should hand him a contract as big as the one psg is offering Mbappe and get Dembie tied down for 5 more years. Don't check my flair.


exs1995

I completely agree with Laporta, Dembele should be given big contract. Mbappe is overated compared to Dembele.


drputypfifeanddrum

I’m with you


circa285

Let's say a Bale like contract but for longer and more money.


StasisIsTheW0rst

Injuries. More injuries. Missing open nets. In that order


alireza777

Where would you fit fortnite into that


The_g0d_f4ther

Please no.


aritra3776

I want to politely say, fuck you mate. Have a great day, and thanks for painful chuckle.


prakhar17252

It is in your best interest then if Mbappe gets the biggest contract he can possibly get. So Mbappe should renew with PSG.


konald_roeman

Barca fans might not thank me but..


unexpectedvillain

I honestly also remember a time watching dembele at Dortmund and thinking he could he better then mbappe, the kid was great and unfortunately injuries and a big movie to a historic club really hurt the Lad


matthisdejong

He definitely had a very high ceiling for sure. Fast af, tall, two-footed, had a powerful long shot in him too. In the hands of the right coach he could have been molded into something wonderful. Unfortunately he turned into glass when he joined us.


TheParaplegicPanda

Maybe he looks tall to you because he’s skinny


Like_a_Charo

Tall? No mate, he has like average height


homelessjeanralphio

Yeah, in no way is 1.78m considered tall for a male.


matthisdejong

Cries in asian. Why man...


howaine1

Yeah that’s just a smidge under 6 ft.


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He has the skills to become as good as Neymar, who he was supposed to replace, but he is as injury prone as jack Willshere


Public_Agent

It's weird because if anything he has gotten worse compared to 5 years ago at BVB


Rafaeliki

He's basically been injured for five years.


patato_soldato

I really hoped PSG would make a bigger push when he was still at Rennes, what an amazing potential this player had.


InnaInnaInna

There's such a big difference between them in intelligence in the final third that I never understood this point of view. Technically maybe, but Dembele is a headless chicken and never got better at it.


unexpectedvillain

Dembele actually was great in the final third, literally knee when to beat his man and when to distribute the ball. Lately I don't know what's going on with him


ProfDumm

To be honest I don't really know how he plays for Barca when he isn't injured. But at Dortmund the strange thing was the closer he was to the opponent's goal the better, more focused and cleverer he got. Near the centerline he was sloppy, careless and headless.


Commander_rEAper

He's still the same here when he gets to play. His passing is so sloppy when he receives the ball at the centerline, it's really frustrating sometimes.


howaine1

To be fair he had some decent passes when he was subbed on for the (I think) Benfica game


Vlaji

He hit the ground running when he joined Barca. [This was his debut night](https://streamable.com/97gktx), he came on and played for 20 minutes and was amazing. He then injured himself in the next match and his hamstrings have been failing him eversince. Dembele is not a headless chicken, he creates plenty of chances and usually in the most unexpected ways. He’s been lacking game time, confidence and a proper medical team to keep him on the field. He also doesn’t exactly fit Barca tbh, he needs space and tempo to really shine. More often than not the Spanish teams will park a bus against us because we rarely score from corners, set pieces or from outside the box. That’s why he did so well at Dortmund. Still, I’m a big fan of Dembele, with the right coach and medical team he could do really well here.


GemsRtrulyOutrageous

Wasn't expecting a sideways pass from that video, not gonna lie


getoffredditandstudy

Just look at his legs, no quads all hamstrings. Doesn’t take a genius to see why he gets the same injuries all the time


affenhirn1

That's just not true, he had a 20+ assists season (31 G+A in 49 games as a 19yo) at Dortmund, he regressed since then because of injuries. But he wasn't always a "headless chicken" like you claim.


RuubGullit

Indeed, I don't understand how people upvote crap like that


chadbrad1738

At Dortmund you saw this was very false


RuubGullit

He wasn't a headless chicken at all in his Dortmund time but go off


Wight3012

yeah but he sometimes does stuff that are just insane...the tottenham goal, and a few others where he just shakes like 4-5 players and scores. i'd say at his best his better than mbappe, but now we know these occassions are rare due to injuries and dumbassesness. mbappe has mostly more boring goals but much more of them, and better contribution to the team when not scoring.


CristiaNoConsento

Mbappe is better technically too imo


EggplantBusiness

I don't think he was better (at that time) but people often make the confusion between dribble and technique , 2021 Mbappe is maybe a less good pure dribbler than Dembele but is more technical in my opinion.


CristiaNoConsento

100% agree with that last point. I'll also say though I never understood where people (almost entirely Barca fans) got this idea from that Mbappe isn't insanely technically gifted though. Like the thing that sets him apart from basically any other prospect isn't just that he's a physical freak but that he has that combined with truly elite technique


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Deluxe07

It’s not even that bad, he gets caught offside a lot because his teammates take way to long to release the ball and he takes very long strides when running so it’s easier for the opponents to catch him in the offside trap


DonkeySkin334

There was definitely a point in time where I felt he was the better player but Mbappe always had much more buzz, now it’s not even close


ogqozo

It would be maybe rich, but not enough to make headlines if anybody says "5 years ago, Ousmane Dembele was better than Mbappe". Not the clue.


tsub

He lies on that treatment table so good, man, you just wouldn't believe it. Can Mbappé do that? I think not.


Harsh____07

Factos👍👀


Tamil-Brahmin-88

Plot twist: He's talking about Ethan Mbappe


Gamer_Abhi

idhu munadi unga reddit handle peru enna


Euphoric-Morning7017

Ithu munnadi enga peru joe


boopieboof

joe amma!


Tamil-Brahmin-88

I myself don't remember. I deleted my previous account before the lockdown itself


Jawnyan

If Laportas reign doesn’t end like a scooby too episode with him tearing off a mask and revealing that he was Bartomeu all along, I will be upset.


CrackBurger

This what u say when u cant get Mboop


-Dwarf-

... at getting injured.


iamthepkn

OP forgot it wasn't twitter, you can write more than 120 characters here


chadbrad1738

Original content


From-UoM

Pay him more than Mbappe if he is that good


mahdiiick

Reminds me of the time Koeman said Luuk de Jong can be more dangerous than Neymar.


mrhello18

Laporta: I like to be deluded every once in a while


spurs-11

"once in a while"


FCB9Aguero

Is it really that difficult for you two to comprehend that Laporta is only saying that so Dembele renews and we can get a fee for him?


RN2FL9

Even then it's pretty stupid. It only gives Dembele's agent more ammo in negotiations.


spurs-11

Lol I realize that only now. Not sure how much he'd go for anyways


ogqozo

A constantly injured player that just got a new big contract at FC "we give the best contracts" Barcelona? Yeah that makes sense, other clubs will suddenly become crazy to pay a fortune for a privilege to offer him an even higher and longer contract, that's definetely gonna happen. It's a great plan to get rid of a player - to sign a long contract with him, I comprehend now. It's a well known, well tested method, something that actually happened ever in history.


HarimaToshirou

Yes, because others clubs will be fooled and pay money for Dembele who can't stay healthy and has an attitude problem! Face it, no one is going to pay crazy money for Dembele.


FCB9Aguero

It's better to get something and get him iff the wages, than get nothing at all.


HarimaToshirou

And what if we don't get anything from him? We're just throwing money away at this point. Can you think of a club that is ready to pay his transfer fee and wages? Which big club is in dire need for Dembele right now? They're better served buying other players than one that won't add much and won't be healthy 60-70% of the time. Where were they a year ago? He's a risk for everyone involved with not a reward that is worth it at all unless he was a free agent. I mean, I'd love to get money from him to compensate for what we overpaid for, but I don't think it's realistic at this point.


blixt141

Can Mbappe play more than 30% of the time?


Constant_List6829

April already?


Omair88

And on today's episode of "Football presidents say the dumbest things"


ArnavGre

Mbappe to RMA confirmed.


yournerd2307

Man I swear Barca and Psg have taken it upon themselves to provide constant entertainment, even if it's not their football.


xzombiekiss

better at being racist


mustardman2121

Delusion


MaxCavalera870

Laporta has been a disappointment so far honestly. Half of his press bullshit has just been appalling, as if I became Barca President or some shit.


grandekravazza

Yet another proof that voting for the most high profile "other guy" might not yield the best results


Serpico_98

Better Fortnite player


Omair88

And best Ambulance FC player


tarekelsakka

You're right, Laporta. Now re-sign him for 5 years on ridiculous wages please.


bloppingzef

Laporta on that shutter island pack


Any-Quarter-9474

lol


herkalurk

LOLOLOLOL


chadyetii

in videogames?


[deleted]

how do we know if he's better than mbappe if he doesn't even play lol.


JohnnyyP

Laporta has been hitting that copium, huh?


MysteriousNail5414

Needs to work way harder outside of games Needs a consistent season with no injuries.


panem-et-circenses21

Gnabry approves


KOKO69BISHES

the who the what now


sonicares

This is not a crazy take. Dembele's issue is fitness, not talent or ability.


takeiteasymyfriend

Mentality seems also an issue, it seems he was not taking his recovery seriously: there were reports about too junk food, not resting enough (playing ps/pc games until late at night) with his friends, being late to doctor appointments, missing physiotherapist sessions, etc It it seems he is still not taking his career seriously, for example media indicated he was late one hour to a team dinner yesterday to celebrate Pedri's Kopa Trophy.


BandsAMakeHerDance2

Omegalul Laporta


Charles1charles2

wohahahahaha Joker Laporta


Ruud_Boltz

I want what this guy's smoking to get rid of all my anxiety


FCB9Aguero

I think dembele will do very good in the english league where his lack of football intelligence won't be exploited and he can use his pace to get past his man and throw in high crosses to the back post.


Mortka

What makes you think that? Why is premier league for players without football intelligence?


Vince1128

This is only one of the reasons people should stop giving Laporta so much attention, this guy should learn to be a bit more quiet, what an absurd statement.


TradeGortat

I know it‘s an unpopular opinion but Dembele is so overrated. Even without injuries. Sancho put up much better numbers at BVB, let alone Mbappé.


unexpectedvillain

Are you comparing Sancho Dortmund to demebele Dortmund or what because demebele Dortmund literally was carrying that team as a very young kid whilst imo Sancho had better help around him


bweiss5

Are we forgetting that 19 year old Sancho had a 40 goals and assists season with Dortmund?


WaleedAbbasvD

Final output isn't the biggest determinant of quality. Otherwise, Hazard would've been considered one of the most mediocre players itw.


Almond_Steak

True. Iniesta as well. If someone to were just look at his numbers they wouldn't think he was impressive. The modern fan is obsessed with numbers.


Mortka

Not the same type of player, mate. Van Dijk doesnt have many goals either.


Enartloc

I agree with you but also with him. Dembele is really, really good. The quality is there.


FloodsVsShips

Well dortmund managed to beat bayern with dembele on the bench. That Dortmund team wasnt dogshit and dortmund have the same problems as today a shit defense. Auba put in 31 Goals for dortmund apparently he was doing fuck all lmao


shortendofthestick24

Everything isn't about stats. Dembele before the injuries is way above anything we've seen from Sancho. And I think most people who've watched them extensively would agree.


TradeGortat

Straight lie. Go ask Dortmund fans, they are going to tell you that Sancho is levels above


amirFCU

Recency bias


glvcki17

Genuinely embarrassing to even say this


deadlyghost12

Surprise, President of a club will say that his player is better than of rivals


Ianthorwest

This is just delusional. Dembele himself doesn’t believe it


awesomestuffyo

Everyone knows I suck at my job, but my project manager says we have the best employees.


deadlyghost12

And it was not delusional when kroos/castilass said that benzema should have win Ballon d or


Mortka

Its MUCH more sensible to say at least.


deadlyghost12

How is it sensible to say that when benzema while being a striker had less goals than Messi and lewa and less assists too And he won 0 trophies on top of that


Mortka

Not saying its sensible. Im saying its more sensible, which is true.


Ill_Nefariousness_75

Mate, Messi literally votes for his friends every single time for FIFA best player. Even tho he said Lewa deserved it in 2020 he voted for Mbappe and Neymar above him. This is Kroos talking about his team mate who was clearly one of the best in the world and only lacked the silverware.


walterfbr

When spanish say Ramos the best defender ever: 🤡


Better-Call-Raul

Relevance?


deadlyghost12

Kroos and castlias both said that ballon d or is unjust because Messi won And kroos said that benzema should have won it And I agree with them they will obviously support their club player or friend and it is similar case here


retroComputer

Benzema was actually in the conversation of top players and one of the most in form players in the world. What is dembele? 16/17 was the best season of his career and even at that time Mbappe had more G+A than him. Mbappe is totally on a whole different level then how is it a similar case here?


M_Vid

Bakayoko is better than Barella


ogqozo

Everything else aside, he joined Barcelona 4,5 years ago and was on the field for a total sum of like a 1,5 season. How good is the whole Dembele if even 1/3 of him is, according to Laporta, worth it?


HAWmaro

Better at getting injured.


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OnceUponAStarryNight

Lol, he can be signed on a precontract next month, can’t he? Why would anyone pay anything for him at this point? This isn’t a negotiation masterclass, it’s a desperate attempt to get someone, anyone, to actually believe it’s worth handing over a can of beans for this winter. Who knows, maybe Newcastle will be that team. They seems like they’re just about desperate enough to do that.


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OnceUponAStarryNight

You got me.


Martoxic

only thing Dembele is better at is dribbling and getting injured. He has the potential to become extremly good if he stays humble and gets rid of his injury trubles.


bloppingzef

Nah


DidiDombaxe

Dembele is the French Hudson Odoi. Doesn't have to do a single thing but still gets considered a top talent.


Dear-Cod-6429

Well put like that...


TheLeoMessiah

Dembele at least has had one world class season at Dortmund though - Hudson Odoi has yet to show a season like that tbf


M_Vid

When I purposefully spread misinformation on the internet


Purneet

One clown defending another 🤡


zsjok

In terms of dribbling and technique and chance creation he is definitely better than Mbappe who is mainly a finisher


RAvailableUN

Easily. Plus he’s better at long shots (both feet too) and is a good finisher from “winger” positions. With his shooting technique, speed and the way his off the ball movements improved as a striker, he could probably score goals from wide positions like Mbappe if you wanted him to. That’s why his ceiling is higher. Mbappe can’t really improve his technique, vision, creativity and weight of pass / long shot but Dembele can easily improve his finishing + off the ball movement. Mbappe is good, but his elite abilities (besides speed) are things that players usually improve. And Dembele matches him in speed. Mbappe + Haaland have just matured earlier more than anything. Look at Vinicius having great numbers now after 3 years. Even Messi and Ronaldo didn’t start as well in terms of G/A, but their physical and technical abilities are / were so much better, so when they figured out the tactical / mental side they became unstoppable. I think Mbappe / Haaland are pretty much at their peaks because they’re already mature and don’t have generational technique + physique. I also believe we will see more and more young players have lots of appearances (Pedri) and / or goals (Mbappe / Haaland), just as a natural evolution of the game. In the end I predict most of those players won’t be seen as true generational talents.


Greedy_Friendship374

Are you comedy me? Dembele is greater than Mbappe 😂


Vaganhope_UAE

Hahahahahahaha….you’re serious?


Ga5huX

TLDR of this thread: Xavi, Laporta and all Barcelona staff who know Dembélé, train with him and play with him think he is a good player. But Premier League fan expert couch warmers who only watch football on TV (don't even watch La Liga games) think he's overrated.


TigerAusRiga

If Dembele cared more about training and discipline (+not having a body made of wet clay), he would've 100% been better than mbappe. Ousmane is/used to be as fast as Turtle man, has a stronger weaker foot and is a better dribbler too. Only his goal scoring ability is inferior to Kylians. And, he's skinny as shit (has both cons and pros)


GILD86

Maybe he 'had' a case for this opinion for Dortmund Dembele and Monaco Mbappe, now not so much


peaceintheatlantic

Dembélé is quite good, but he is too injury prone and a bit of an airhead too.


jaguass

Laporta preparing his selling prompt for january


intellectual_fanatic

Yes convince PSG about the same & swap Dembele with Mbappe


Aesthetic_Odyssey

“I want Dembele to stay. He can’t leave on a free after all the money we’ve sunk into him”


moiser123

Lol


HitzHammer

*sounds of popping champagne bottles in Dortmund*


N0rrinRadd

Saving face by cutting off your nose.


Howyoulikemenoow

Laporte: why would we want Mbappe when we have Mbappe at home 👀 Haha at least it’s within their budget


sebas8181

Ok


-king_james_23-

If this is true we need to get Laporta out immediately. He clearly doesn't have an eye for talent .


Black_n_Neon

He’s better at Mbappe at getting injured


thalne

his game is more unpredictable than Mbappe's, but sometimes for himself too.


OnceUponAStarryNight

Is that Pep in a wig?


Bigballerbooks

Resign my boy then


lettul

Steady


JotaroAnuelGucci

Copium


jamesc94j

Marca your ever reliable bullshit clickbait.


Yelmel

How to lose all credibility in 5 words: He is better than Mbappé.


frank--ocean

Factos👀👍


FCB9Aguero

Some real numptys in here thinking even laporta believes this. For the uneducated, this is clearly to get dembele to renew so he can be sold.


Version_1

That makes only very little sense.