At 22 and already nominated once for the Ballon d’Or, Kylian Mbappé has the strongest memory of 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 of those nights, to look at their faces and to see how they reacted to the announcement of the name,” he recalls in an interview with France Football, refusing to choose any. one: “It’s like choosing between father or mother: you can’t do it and don’t ask yourself it.”
Mbappé also spoke 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, an imprint in the history of football. Sometimes they can be questionable, but never in their intrinsic qualities”, he assures, recalling in a curious way the day when, last year, Messi went to seek the seventh:
“I was super nervous that day. You would have thought 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 said to him: ‘It’s not possible! Me, after six victories, I went there with a cigarette in my mouth!’ It shows how emotional and worried he is always at about the game.