Kylian Mbappe admitted to ‘Sport Bild’ his huge admiration for the Juventus player, before stressing that he still has a long way to go before reaching his level.
Being one of Europe’s best talents hasn’t stopped Kylian Mbappe from being so humble. The French star chatted to ‘Sport Bild’ and looked back on his career as well as the day-to-day events of European football.
He was already known to have been a greater admirer of Cristiano Ronaldo, put not to this extent. He made it very clear in his opening words of the interview: “When I was a kid I dreamed about a lot of things, especially a career like Cristiano Ronaldo’s. When he plays, he makes everyone watching him happy. He’s been doing it 15 years, every football fan loves him.”
That being said, Mbappe recognised that he still has a long way to go before reaching the Juve player’s level: “I’m not that good. He has made history and I’ve been playing five years, you can’t compare us. There are few quite like him, just by watching him I’ve learnt a lot.”
The striker will face up against Germany for France in the European Championships and the aforementioned media outlet asked him whether any teammate has asked him to sign for Bayern Munich. “Yes, Lucas told me to go to Bayern and in football you never know, but right now I am very happy at PSG”.
He also had some of words of thanks for Thomas Tuchel, with whom Mbappe has yet to speak following his Champions League success with Chelsea: “After the Euros I will call him, because I have a great relationship with him. He’s fantastic tactically. And he’s only a young coach, he will be one of the best in the world”.
In a rapid line of questions, Mbappe chose Lewandowski ahead of his great rival for the European trophy in the next few years, the Norwegian Erling Haaland, and gave ideas about how he might make his mark for France this summer: “They will probably put two markers on me for most of the game. But my country is so powerful that we could counter-attack, or something like that”.
To conclude, he assured that it’s easier for a player to be successful if they play in a relaxed manner, and he remembered how he didn’t like studying much when he was at schoool. “I had to battle hard to finish my studies, my drive was football and it still is now”, the player concluded, who returned to his old town to gift his first pair of football boots to his old friends. Yet another gesture that shows how, at heart, he hasn’t changed one bit.