‘For me it is too late to make a career like Lionel Messi’: Kylian Mbappe reveals he will look to emulate ‘idol’ Cristiano Ronaldo rather than follow in footsteps of Barcelona’s one-club man
- Kylian Mbappe admitted he drew inspiration from Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo
- Frenchman admitted it was ‘too late’ to be a one-club player like Lionel Messi
- Mbappe also had praise for Juve, but felt Ronaldo provided the x-factor
Mbappe praised the Portuguese’s career and his enduring ability to make a game-changing impact in the later part of his career.
Kylian Mbappe (R) revealed that he considered Cristiano Ronaldo (L) to be an idol of his
‘For me it is too late to make a career like Messi, I would have had to stay in Monaco. Without taking any merit from Messi, now I have to be inspired by the career of Cristiano,’ Mbappe told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
‘Juventus is a strong team and is shown by the finals he played in recent seasons. They have always lacked something to make a difference, and now he has it thanks to Cristiano.
‘He is the player that makes you win the important things. This year Juventus is among the favorites, but there are also the usual ones, Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool,’ he said.
Ronaldo, at 34, remains a crucial part of Juventus’ side as they chase European glory
Mbappe also listed a number of other players he looked up to as a youngster and admitted he drew a lot of inspiration from Brazilian players.
‘If you are French, you obviously grow up with Zidane as an idol . Then another idol was Cristiano, with whom I have already had the good fortune to measure myself as a rival, also with the national team,’ Mbappé added.
‘Then I loved the great Brazilian players, like (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) Pelé, (Ronaldo de Assis Moreira) Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Nazario or Ricardo Kaká .. To my fans I want to give the message of a boy who believed in his dream, giving the maximum, trying to overcome its limits and leave a mark on my sport, ‘
Mbappe admitted that he could no longer hope to replicate Lionel Messi’s one-club career
‘Neymar is a great player, with whom I have a good relationship off the field. He lived two difficult seasons, but he is recovering his best level. It is good news for Paris Saint Germain fans and those who love football, ‘ he said , before surrendering to Icardi.
‘Mauro is one of the best strikers in the world, but he arrived with humility, determined to help the team. He does not think of anything more than scoring when he is in the penalty area. He has already scored a lot, proving that he is an important player for the team. PSG . We have a lot of affinity with Icardi, we have complementary play styles. The important thing is to continue,’ he continued.
The Frenchman revealed he was enjoying playing alongside Mauro Icardi and Neymar