Former Inter and Milan star, Ronaldo of Brazil said Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappé reminds the Brazilian of himself. ‘He has similar characteristics to mine’.
The Brazilian was one of the superstars in the late 1990s and early 2000s, playing for Barcelona, Inter and Real Madrid.
‘El Fenomeno’ (The Phenomenon) was known for his exquisite skills and incredible pace, and the two-time World Cup winner believes Mbappé has ‘similar qualities’.
The young PSG star was influential when France won the 2018 World Cup and was linked with a big money move to Ronaldo’s former club Real Madrid this summer.
When the 44-year-old was asked if there are any players similar to himself in today’s football, the two-time Ballon d’Or winner pointed at the France international.
“He has similar characteristics to mine,” Ronaldo said. “He has crazy qualities, has a remarkable technique and knows how to use it at high pace.
“He has a go at defenders, skips the goalkeepers. He has running skills, as they say. And although he’s very you, he has already come a long way. I like Mbappé, I cheer for him.”
With Neymar, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé on the same team, Paris Saint-Germain are expected to go all the way in the Champions League this term.
But Ronaldo reminds the fans of his time at Real Madrid, in the ‘Galacticos’ team at Santiago Bernabeu.
“It’s still early to understand who will win the cup, the picture begins to take shape in the quarter-finals,” Ronaldo added.
“Paris Saint-Germain are in pole position, but talking is one thing, playing another. Many factors affect what happens on the pitch.
“I was at Real Madrid for almost five seasons, in the ‘Galacticos’ team [with Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Luis Figo, among others] and I have never won the Champions League.
“Winning is never mathematical, even if you have the best in your team. This also applies to PSG.”
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