World Cup 2018: French hero Kylian Mbappe flattered with Pele comparisons

first_imgKylian Mbappe was a modest man despite his heroics earning France a dominating victory over Argentina in the Round of 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Mbappe’s goals in the 64th and 68th minute handed France a 4-2 lead and took the game away from La Albicelestes at the Kazan Arena. Sergio Aguero did score in the 93rd minute but it was too late and Lionel Messi’s team was knocked out of the tournament after losing 4-3.The teenager not only scored but also provided an assist after his defence-splitting run earned France a penalty in the 12th minute of the game, from which Antoine Griezmann scored to give Les Blues the lead.Following that, he didn’t slow down. His sheer pace and strength was too much for the Argentines to handle and the 19-year-old’s determination paid off when he scored two goals inside six minutes to take France through to the next round.With his two goals on Saturday, he became the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since Pele scored a brace against Sweden in 1958.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEDespite all that, he wants to stay grounded and said that he is flattered to be compared with Pele.”I’m very happy and it’s flattering to be the second teenager [to score twice in the knock-out rounds] after Pele but let’s put things in context: Pele is another category, but it’s good to be among these people.”As I’ve already and always said, at a World Cup you have all the top-level players, so it’s an opportunity to show what you can do and what your abilities are. There’s no better place than a World Cup,” the Paris Saint-Germain forward added.advertisementMATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSThis French side is the youngest in this year’s World Cup and coach Didier Deschamps is thrilled by his young team, which has showed great character in a stadium packed with French fans.”If I am a coach it is because I want to live this: a full stadium, highly-experienced teams. Our team is much younger, but it’s there. We answered the call, we have a lot of character and it was not easy as we were leading, then there was an equaliser, then we were 2-1 behind, but we kept fighting,” said the 1998 World Cup winner with France.He was all praise for the young team’s mentality and said that the team has been preparing for weeks and he is glad that it has paid off.”There is an excellent mentality in this group and we did everything to go further. Since I am responsible for everything, particularly when it doesn’t go well I’m very proud. I’m very happy for them because they have been preparing themselves for weeks and months. We couldn’t miss it and we didn’t miss it,” said the 49-year-old.France will next play the winner of the match between Uruguay and Portugal in the quarters on June 6 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.last_img

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