Kylian Mbappe Discloses Lionel Messi Inspiration After Reaching 300 Career Goals

Kylian Mbappe Discloses Lionel Messi Inspiration After Reaching 300 Career Goals

Elijah Odetokun
November 19, 2023 at 5:26 PM
  • Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe were teammates at PSG for two seasons
  • Mbappe reached 300 career goals yesterday and spoke on the milestone
  • He pointed to how Messi stayed winning despite changes recently

Kylian Mbappe believes he still has more to add to his game despite reaching a milestone in his career yesterday and took a cue from former teammate Lionel Messi.

Messi and Mbappe were teammates at Paris Saint-Germain for two seasons before the Argentina captain left the club to join Inter Miami in Major League Soccer.

The France international could also be set for an exit from the club, having been involved in multiple sagas with the capital club over his next destination.

Kylian Mbappe, France, Gibraltar.
Kylian Mbappe with his match ball after his hattrick against Gibraltar. Photo by Anthony Dibon.
Source: Getty Images

With his hat trick last night, France's biggest-ever win, 14-0 over Gibraltar, he reached 300 career goals. Per BR Football, he scored 27 for Monaco, 46 for his country and 227 for PSG.

Mbappe takes cue from Messi

Speaking to Telefoot after reaching the milestone, the 24-year-old spoke of his development as a player and admits he must keep growing and changing his game.

“My development as a player? Even the greatests had to change some things. I played with Messi, for example, and Messi changed the way he played and was not the same in Barcelona as he was in Paris,” he said.
“This is the thing that allowed him to continue winning the World Cup and continue achieving team and individual awards.”

The 2022 FIFA World Cup winner recently picked up his record-extending 8th Ballon d'Or, beating competition from Mbappe and Manchester City striker Erling Haaland.

The former Monaco star is tipped to be one of the players expected to win the Golden Ball on multiple occasions, and many have advised him to leave Paris for Real Madrid.

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Mbappe: Messi deserves Ballon d'Or

Sports Brief reported on Mbappe saying Messi deserves Ballon d'Or after outrage from fans claiming Haaland should have won after winning the treble.

Mbappe acknowledged the Norwegian striker’s achievements but claimed it does not weigh much besides a player like Messi winning the FIFA World Cup.

The former Barcelona captain won the award with a margin of 105 points over the Premier League star.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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