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Deschamps: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo is the idol of Kylian Mbappe’

Cristiano Ronaldo is the idol of Kylian Mbappe, says France boss Didier Deschamps. The 2018 World Cup winners played against Portugal in the Nations League on Sunday (0-0) which saw Mbappe facing his idol. Neither player was able to break the deadlock in a the goalless draw. After the game Mbappe posted a message on social media to praise Ronaldo and Deschamps later on confirmed his star forward idolises the Juventus star.

“He [Ronaldo] was his idol. But I think that Cristiano was and is the idol of many young football players,” Deschamps said after the game. “It’s difficult to compare them. Cristiano has been playing for many years at the highest level. They aren’t the same age. I think it will be better to make a comparison when Kylian will be as old as Cristiano is now.”

“They are two players who are able to be decisive for their team at any moment. It is a strength of Cristiano and it is also one of Kylian, even if he is younger. They both are top players. We can always do better, then there is the quality of the opponent too. They take precautions like us, with respect to the players opposite like Cristiano, who we didn’t see too much tonight,” Deschamps added.

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