Cristiano Ronaldo agrees that Kylian Mbappe possesses the same ‘remarkable technique’ and ‘speed’ that he has…but insists PSG’s star-studded frontline does not guarantee Champions League success
- Ronaldo has admitted to seeing similarities between himself and Kylian Mbappe
- Ronaldo says Mbappe has a ‘remarkable technique that he executes at speed’
- He also says the 22-year-old does well at beating defenders and goalkeepers
- However, he does not think PSG are a shoe-in to win the Champions League
Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted to seeing similarities between himself and Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.
Ronaldo – who has returned to Manchester United 12 years after leaving the club for Real Madrid – says Mbappe has a ‘remarkable technique that he executes at great speed’.
Ronaldo also admitted that PSG have ‘best players’ in their team but claimed it ‘is still too early to say who will win the Champions League’.
Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted to seeing similarities between himself and Kylian Mbappe
‘Yes, he has similar attributes to me. He has incredible qualities, with remarkable technique that he executes at great speed,’ Ronaldo said in an interview with DAZN as part of the ‘El Presidente’ series.
‘He gets past defenders, he goes past goalkeepers… And, despite being very young, he’s already come a long way. I like Mbappe.’
Ronaldo started his career at Sporting Lisbon and completed just one season at the club before being signed my Premier League giants Manchester United.
Mbappe was similar to Ronaldo in that aspect – having been signed by PSG after helping AS Monaco win the French league and reach the Champions League semi finals during his first full season at the club.
Ronaldo and Mbappe have long been compared after both rising to stardom at a young age
Ronaldo – who has returned to Manchester United 12 years after leaving the club for Real Madrid – says Mbappe has a ‘remarkable technique that he executes at great speed’
RONALDO MAJOR TROPHIES
Five UEFA Champions League titles
Four FIFA Club World Cups
Seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy
The UEFA European Championship for Portugal
However, Ronaldo has won 30 major trophies – including five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the UEFA European Championship for Portugal.
Therefore, the 22-year-old still has some way to go before he reaches the lofty heights of the of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Nevertheless, he will be looking to advance this season as PSG line-up with a star sudden starting XI following the arrival of six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, four-time European champion Sergio Ramos and highly renowned goalkeeper Georginio Wijnaldum.
Many believe anything less than being crowned European champions for the first time this season would be deemed as a failure for PSG. However, Ronaldo does not believe it is quite a black and white.
He referred to his own experience at Real Madrid – claiming a strong team on paper does not always translate into a title winning side.
However, he insists PSG’s star-studded frontline does not guarantee Champions League success – having drawn reference to his own experience at Real Madrid (above)
He says the fact Paris Saint-Germain will have some of the ‘best players’ including Lionel Messi (above) – they are not guaranteed to win their first Champions League
‘It is still too early to say who will win the Champions League,’ Ronaldo said. ‘The picture begins to take shape at the quarter-final stage. Paris Saint-Germain are in pole position, but it’s one thing to talk and another to play.
‘There are many factors that influence the outcome on the pitch. I played for Real Madrid for almost five seasons, in the team of the Galacticos, and I never won the Champions League.
‘Winning is never automatic, even if you have the best players in your team, and that also applies to PSG.’
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