THE BALL – «Ronaldo or Messi? It’s like choosing between father or mother…» (Paris Saint-Germain)

At the age of 22 and already nominated once for the Ballon d’Or, Kylian Mbappé has as his strongest memory the duel of recent years between Lionel Messi (7 times winner) and Cristiano Ronaldo (6 times winner).

«It was always interesting to see the tension on those nights, to look at their faces and see how they reacted when the name was announced», he recalls in an interview with France Football, refusing to choose one: «It is like choosing between father or mother : cannot be done and should not be asked.»

Mbappé also talked about what he thinks the trophy represents. “For me, it’s a real barometer, just look at the history. They all left, each in their own way, a mark on the history of football. Sometimes they can be debatable, but never in their intrinsic qualities”, he assures, speaking curiously of the day when, last year, Messi went for the seventh:

“I was super nervous that day. One would think he would be used to it and calm before a night like this, but no. Maybe he was thinking about what he was going to say, how he was going to lift the trophy. I told him: ‘It is not possible! I, after six victories, went with a cigarette in my mouth!´. It shows how he still gets emotional and worried about the game.”

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