The Wall Street Journal, a business publication, recently published an interview with Kylian Mbappé, a French soccer player who is seen as the natural successor to Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo of Manchester United.
According to the article, the PSG forward, who competes in French Ligue 1 alongside Messi, is a representative of a new breed of athletes who are extending the boundaries of soccer stardom.
Perhaps they are recalling former Manchester United stars and soccer players George Best and David Becham, who in their prime helped spread the popularity of football far beyond the boundaries of the soccer field.
Nevertheless, the WSJ reports that Mbappé, who is only 23 years old, has dedicated his entire life to high performance, including eating and sleeping properly.
Well, in many ways, this is similar to the rigid rules of boxing greats like Smoking Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali the GOAT, who spent a lot of time in the ring but gave the sport a reputation that extended beyond the brawls between these titans of sport.
Although boxing has lost its appeal since Ali’s passing and is no longer the same sport, we must admit that soccer appears to be an eternally beautiful game. And players like Mbappé and Ronaldo are here to push the limits of the game.
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Mbappe has acknowledged that he felt like crying after PSG’s Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich in 2020.
In his short time playing football, Mbappe has accomplished a lot, but he has not yet captured a Champions League championship. It is arguably the only blemish on his otherwise very impressive career, even though he is only 23 years old.
“When we lost the Champions League with Paris. We lost in the final. You finish the game, you take your medal, and you see the cup, but that’s not for you. That’s an odd feeling, but that’s life. To be honest, I wanted to cry. You just want to cry. You want to be alone. [But] it’s a part of your history, and you have to improve to come back and win,” he said in the interview.