Kylian Mbappe believes winning the Champions League and not the Ballon d’Or will see him remembered in history.
The 20-year-old French marksman is considered by many as the man who will eventually succeed Lionel Messi as the premier world footballer.
The rise and rise of Mbappe: Five things to know…
- Mbappe came through AS Monaco’s academy and made his senior professional debut aged 2016 in 2015.
- The striker went on to register 27 goals across 60 matches in all competitions before joining hometown club Paris Saint-Germain.
- He’s now the most prolific teenage goalscorer in Champions League history (13 goals).
- Mbappe played a key role in Monaco reaching the 2016/17 Champions League semi-finals.
- He became the second teenager, after Pelé, to score in a World Cup final (2018).
In a still young career, Mbappe has achieved so much, including three Ligue 1 crowns and he also played an instrumental role in France winning a second World Cup last summer.
Following a prolific 2018/19 campaign – 39 goals across 43 matches in all competitions – his name is among those in contention for the 2019 Ballon d’Or crown.
However, as far as the Parisian is concerned, he would rather lift the European Cup as those who claim France Football’s prestigious award are not always looked upon favourably by the general public.
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“The most important thing is to win the Champions League because you can win the Ballon d’Or and not stay in history,” he told ESPN.
“You play with 10 players, you don’t play alone. If it was tennis, I would say Ballon d’Or because you play alone. Football is a sport that you play with a team and I think if you want to win the Ballon d’Or, you have to win the Champions League.
“You can’t win the Ballon d’Or without the Champions League now, it’s so important in the eyes of the world. I want to win the Champions League first. If I can win the Ballon d’Or, okay, but my objective is to win the Champions League first.”