Mbappe Compared to Cristiano Ronaldo by 1998 World Cup Winner with France

Mbappe Compared to Cristiano Ronaldo by 1998 World Cup Winner with France

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo remains one of football's most revered figures
  • Kylian Mbappe is on course to become one of the sports’ top stars
  • A French World Cup winner has drawn comparisons between them

Cristiano Ronaldo continues to serve as a reference point for numerous contemporary football stars, with many aspiring to replicate the Portuguese icon's remarkable achievements throughout his career.

Despite being 38, Ronaldo - who once dominated European football - remains a formidable force with Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League.

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Bixente Lizarazu after the Group B - UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying match between France and Greece. Image: Sandra Ruhaut.
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Amid the endless list of stars tipped to takeover reins from Ronaldo is France captain, Kylian Mbappe.

A 1998 FIFA World Cup winner for the European country highlighted the similarities between both players in a recent interview.

France icon compares Mbappe to Ronaldo

In a recent interview with media outlet Telefoot, as quoted by Le10Sport, Bixente Lizarazu drew intriguing parallels between Mbappe and the Portuguese star.

Lizarazu emphasised the striking similarities between the two players, offering insights into his young compatriot's potential trajectory in the football world.

"Everything he does is phenomenal," Lizarazu remarked. "We don’t realise it. It’s abnormal. He possesses the magic of changing the course of a match all by himself and whenever he wants.
"He has done it on numerous occasions, and he scares defences and gives confidence to his teammates."

Lizarazu went on to highlight Mbappé's efficiency and mentality, drawing comparisons to Ronaldo.

"Afterward, he has the efficiency and mentality of a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, desiring to excel in terms of statistics. And he achieves it. Beyond that, it's his personality, intelligence, precise communication, and leadership as a captain."

The words of Lizarazu appear to have stirred conversations regarding the prospect of Mbappe possibly following in Ronaldo's footsteps by joining Real Madrid, considering the Paris Saint-Germain winger will become a free agent next summer.

Mbappe’s decision is expected to hinge on PSG's performance in the UEFA Champions League, as reported by Goal.

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Kylian Mbappe gets Ligue 1 honour

Sports Brief previously reported on Kylian Mbappe being honoured by the French league authorities.

To acknowledge his efforts, the 24-year-old received a badge marking him as the league's top scorer.

Mbappe is currently leading the Ligue 1 goal-scoring chart following his immense start to the season.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).