French Striker Kylian Mbappe has Cristiano Ronaldo as his idol and yes he may have just confirmed that he is following the footsteps of the 5 time Ballon D’or winner including his elite Mentality.
Speaking to RMC of the importance of egotism in football, Mbappe said:
“Of course it’s important, because when you’re having a tough time, no one other than yourself is going to push you.”
“And you have to convince yourself that you are capable of toppling mountains. People don’t understand ego, but when you are not doing well, there’s no one who will come to your house to tell you that you are able to do that”
You saw a whole confidence level of Cristiano Ronaldo here didn’t you? Wait there’s more of that as the PSG player admits he is nowhere the level of the Juventus superstar and Messi but when he take to the pitch alongside then, the only best player on the pitch is himself.$
“It is only you and your mindset. You have to persuade yourself that you are capable of doing great things. Every time I go on a pitch, I always tell myself that I’m the best and yet I have played on pitches where there was Messi and Cristiano.”
“They are better players than me, they’ve done a billion more things than me. But in my head, I always tell myself that I’m the best, because that way you don’t give yourself limits and you try to give the best of yourself.”
Mbappe is also very much aware of what the reaction is going to be in the media but insists there have to be more explanation to the term ego when it comes to football for others to understand their thoughts better.
“Of course, sometimes people don’t understand because I think that there is perhaps also this barrier that is created in relation to this subject, where one does not really explain what ego is.”
“People will think ego is not giving a penalty to a friend, or to have a better salary than the player on the rival team.”
“It’s not just that, it’s also in the preparation. It’s something personally, surpassing yourself, it’s really beyond this superficial thing of saying ‘me I, me I’. But I think there’s quite a lot to be said about that.” He concluded