- Kylian Mbappe was born in Paris, but the Frenchman can trace his origins back to Africa
- The Paris Saint-Germain striker has expressed his love for the continent where he has roots
- His dad hails from Central African country Cameroon and his mother is originally from Algeria
Frenchman Kylian Mbappe has disclosed that African countries Cameroon and Algeria are part of him, as they are his true origin.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker, who is currently on duty with France at the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, says he can never deny his origin.
Mbappe was born in Paris, but his father, Wilfried hails from Cameroon, while his beloved mother is Algerian by birth.
Some time in February, an Algerian journalist, Nacim Talbi, working for BeIN Sports, posted a video on Twitter in which he interviewed Kylian Mbappé at the end of the match against FC Metz.
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He asked him his origins in order (for fun) and the player expressed his support for his African origin.
He also stated that even though he is not featuring for either Cameroon or Algeria, he will continue to support them.
Mbappe said as seen on AiScore:
“Cameroon and Algeria are a part of me. I support them both. My nationality is French, but my origins are Algerian and Cameroonian. I cannot deny my origins and I am very happy."
Samuel Eto’o speaks on Mbappe
Meanwhile, despite being eligible to play for Cameroon as the country of his father's origin, Kylian Mbappe is playing for France, his own country of birth.
In 2017, Mbappe was called up to the French national team. He formed part of the squad that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup in France, scoring four goals, including one in the final.
Eto’o once suggested that he does not want players who are born abroad - like Mbappe - to represent the national team, Sports Brief has reported.
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Sports Brief earlier reported that former France and Manchester United striker Luis Saha claims English star Marcus Rashford is on Mbappe's level.
Rashford appears to have revived his career under Erik ten Hag, scoring eight goals in 19 games across all competitions before the World Cup.
The 25-year-old English forward has continued his red-hot form for the Three Lions in Qatar, scoring his first World Cup goal in a 6-2 rout of Iran.