A startling revelation has come to light as Kylian Mbappe discusses his evolving viewpoint on Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, two of the greatest players in 21st-century soccer.
Kylian Mbappe’s unwavering admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo has long been the subject of a well-known story, with iconic pictures of the young Mbappe with the Portuguese legend’s posters, articles, and photos decorating his room.
A recent old video, however, showed a young Kylian Mbappe putting Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on an equal footing. The French striker made it clear where he stood on both players by being open and honest in this widely shared video about the two soccer icons.
This video of Mbappé’s take on Messi & Ronaldo is getting viral 👀 pic.twitter.com/rMdgWdmwkK
— L/M Football (@lmfootbalI) September 13, 2023
In the video, a youthful Mbappe proclaimed, “I love Cristiano, and I was a big fan of him when I was young, but I started to learn that Messi is very good. When you are a huge Cristiano fan, you can’t see how good Messi is, because you love him (CR7). But I grew up, and I like both.”
Kylian Mbappé came a long way from having Cristiano Ronaldo posters in his room, to playing against him. He’s playing his 2nd World Cup final today at 23 years old. Destined for greatness 👏 pic.twitter.com/YElglk2GJg
— TCR. (@TeamCRonaldo) December 18, 2022
During Messi’s time at Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappe shared a dressing room with him for two seasons. The legendary former Barcelona player would undoubtedly have had a significant impact on Mbappe’s perception of his abilities while he lived and played with him.
The real story behind Neymar and Kylian Mbappe’s Instagram unfollowing
It has recently been revealed that Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have not only parted ways professionally but have now also unfollowed each other on Instagram.
With both having a combined Instagram following of more than 320 million, and their online personas have always been a reflection of their star power. However, when the both of them unfollowed each other during the recent international break, the soccer fans all over the world noticed it.
Kylian Mbappé and Neymar no longer follow each other on IG. 📲🇫🇷🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/cKL7s0gmo6
— PSG Report (@PSG_Report) September 14, 2023
The exact reason might be unknown, but fans across social media can make a significant observation. It might be Mbappe’s farewell post to departing PSG players this season. Notably, he sent a heartfelt Instagram farewell to Lionel Messi when the Argentine left for Inter Miami, but he didn’t do the same for Neymar, who had just joined the Saudi club Al-Hilal.
Mbappe also reposted farewell messages from the PSG account on his Instagram story and shared photos with other PSG team members who had joined new teams.
Tension between Neymar and Mbappe is not new, as evidenced by this most recent incident. The French newspaper L’Equipe reported that Neymar believed Mbappe was trying to get him to leave the club during the summer transfer window last year.
Early in the season, when the two argued about who would take a penalty kick, the feud was made public. The situation became even more intriguing when Neymar liked a post that implied Mbappe had more sway over the club because of his new contract.