- Kylian Mbappe has opened up on his battle with racism after the Euro 2020 championships
- Mbappe missed a crucial penalty as France were eliminated from the round of 16 by Switzerland
- The forward reveals that the hostile reception he got afterwards made him rethink his international football future
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has revealed that he almost quit the French football team last year after the Euro 2020 Championships.
Mbappe is the face of the current French team and arguably the most promising talent in football. But he has admitted that pressure almost got to him last year.
He was part of the Didier Deschamps's squad that participated in the rescheduled Euro championships. Having won the World Cup three years before, France walked into the tournament as strong favourites.
However, a resilient Swiss side knocked them out of the competition at the round of 16 stage. Normal time had finished in an enthralling 3-3 draw.
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Mbappe then missed the decisive penalty kick as France stumbled out of the competition. He was subjected to racist abuse, which he reveals made him almost retire.
"I cannot play for people who think I am a monkey. But after, I reflected with the people who always support me. It wouldn't have been a good message to give up. Because I think I am an example to everybody," as quoted by ESPN.
The 23-year-old will lead France's title defence after being included in Deschamps's final 25-man World Cup squad.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic blasts Mbappe for feeling too important
Sports Brief had earlier reported that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has blasted Kylian Mbappe for trying to be bigger than Paris Saint-Germain after eye-watering details of his new huge contract were leaked.
Mbappe signed a mega 3-year deal with the French champions this summer, snubbing an initial verbal agreement with Real Madrid for a potential deal.
It was widely reported last month that the Frenchman feels betrayed by the top brass of PSG for failing to fulfil the promises made to him before inking his new deal.
Source: Sports Brief News