Paris St-Germain starlet Kylian Mbappe has admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo was his childhood hero, but claims he no longer holds the Real Madrid star in the same regard.
In an interview with Spanish publication Marca, the 19-year-old stated that while it was “amazing” to meet his former idol, the France international no longer looks up to the Portuguese superstar as his hero due to the fact that the two are competitors in world football.
“I am a competitor and a person who is very competitive and all I want to do is win, win, win,” he is quoted as saying. So it doesn’t really matter who is in front of us, we want to win. I admired him when I was younger, but that ended.”
The ten-time-capped France international midfielder is currently plying his trade on loan at PSG on loan from parent club Monaco, with an eventual full transfer fee rumoured to be worth in the region of €180 million; making him the second-most expensive player in the world, behind teammate Neymar.
Mbappe has gone from strength to strength with the French champions this term, scoring eight times in 14 appearances and coming a close second behind Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante in the poll for French Footballer of the Year 2017. He also stormed into the top ten in the prestigious Ballon d’Or awards earlier in the year, placing in a very respectable seventh. However, the youngster had to watch his childhood hero Cristiano Ronaldo win his fifth straight title, admitting to Marca: “From someone who has won five Ballon d’Ors you can learn a lot.”