Ahead of teenage striking sensation, Kylian Mbappe’s eagerly anticipated debut for PSG away at Metz on Friday, following his season-long loan move from Monaco, we take a look at five players who have shared the honours of representing both French giants.
One of the most iconic footballers to play the round leather game from the African continent is held in high esteem by both fans of PSG and Monaco.
George Weah arrived Europe precisely France in 1988, and signed for Monaco, under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger. He was a hit during his four-year career at the Principality club, winning the 1991 Coupe de France title.
He subsequently transferred to PSG in 1992, winning several trophies at the capital club including the 1994 French League title, also finishing as the UEFA Champions League top scorer 1995.
Ludovic Giuly was one of the best players of his generation. Following his arrival at Monaco in 1998, he rose to become captain and leader of the side after the departure of majority of the senior players.
He was inspirational in Monaco’s run to the final of the 2004 UEFA Champions League, unfortunately picking up an injury after 28 minutes, in an eventual 3-0 loss to FC Porto.
After playing abroad for four years; Giuly returned to France and signed for PSG, representing the capital for three years, 2008-11.
Flying left winger, Jerome Rothen perhaps remains high on the list of players who failed to realise their huge football potentials.
Rothen played two highly successful seasons with Monaco (2002-04), been a focal part of the attack under the management of Didier Deschamps, as Monaco reached the 2004 UEFA Champions League final.
After his impressive season which saw him make France team to 2004 UEFA European Championship, Rothen was transferred to PSG, where he spent six injury-plagued seasons, reuniting briefly for a year with former team Ludovic Giuly.
Jeremy Menez, born 7 May 1987, was regarded as one of the next big things out of France following his ascension to limelight in 2004 at the age of 17. The
The pacy ambidextrous playmaker signed for Monaco in 2006 and built a growing reputation as one of the finest young footballers at that time.
Following the acquisition of PSG by Qatari owners in 2011, Menez was purchased for 8 million euros from Roma, making him of the first marquee signings at the capital club. Twice, he was a French Ligue 1 winner with PSG in 2013 and 2014.
Brazilian winger Anderson Luiz de Carvalho, popularly known as Nene was one of the most underrated players of his generation.
The skilled, pacy left-footed forward was perhaps limited in his career progress due to the arrival of star names, who failed to match abilities on the pitch as rivals.
Nene played for Monaco between 2007-10, clearly been Les Rouges et Blancs standout player in that time. He transferred to PSG in the summer of 2010 and was clearly a delight to watch during his first season at the capital club.
The change in status of PSG in the summer of 2011 saw the arrival of marquee signings, which coincided with Nene gradually losing relevance within the first team setup, but he still managed to produce some eye catching performances when afforded the opportunity.