Kylian Mbappe: Zinedine Zidane made me love football, Gianluigi Buffon deserves Ballon d'Or
Kylian Mbappe sat down with Eurosport France to discuss his progression at Monaco, his idols and the player he would like to win the Ballon d’Or.
ON HIS PROGRESSION AT MONACO
"I did not expect to climb so fast so high but believe in yourself and your work, and you are always rewarded," said the 18-year-old.
"I always said that I was the luckiest player in Monaco. To start a career playing alongside Falcao." he added.
BUFFON DESERVES BALLON D'OR
"For all of his work, he [Gianluigi Buffon] deserves the Ballon d'Or, but I think it depends on the Champions League final. If Real Madrid win, I think it will be Cristiano Ronaldo but otherwise, I think it would be good for Buffon to win the Golden Ball. "
Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon consoles Monaco's Kylian MbappeReuters
‘I JUST WANT TO WIN TROPHIES’
"I do not think we can say that the Ballon d'Or is a goal for me yet. I have the goal of winning collective trophies, and if you win trophies with your team you are rewarded individually. But that is not part of the goals I set for myself.
ON COMPARISONS WITH THIERRY HENRY AND LOVE OF ZIDANE
"The one who made me love football was Zidane. Afterwards I developed several idols but really Zidane was my very first idol".
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"It's flattering to be compared to Henry, but as I said and I repeat: 'everybody writes his story.'" Thierry has made his career and it was immense, I think it would not be fair to compare an 18-year-old who has not done anything yet. "If I make a great career, I would not want to be compared to an 18-year-old who has not done anything yet."
ON THE ATMOSPHERE OF DORTMUND AND ITS YELLOW WALL
“At European level I think Dortmund has the most beautiful atmosphere, it was incredible. It is really impressive, it really motivates you to surpass yourself and give the best of yourself on the field even if they do not sing for you.
“In France, this season I think the most beautiful atmosphere was in Saint-Etienne because they celebrated the 100th anniversary of their supporters. "