Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe reveals criticism for showing off too much in his younger days and NOT scoring enough – despite the French star already notching 30 so far this season
- Kylian Mbappe came through at AS Bondy and Monaco before moving to PSG
- The 22-year-old has admitted he was criticised for being too much of a show-off
- After working on his finishing, he is currently Ligue 1’s top scorer with 20 goals
- Frenchman is also joint-second in the Champions League charts this campaign
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has revealed he was criticised in his early career for being a show-off and not scoring enough goals.
Mbappe spent nine years at local side AS Bondy and impressed in four years at Monaco before becoming the second-most expensive player of all time when he moved to the French giants in 2017.
He scored 26 goals in his breakthrough season for Monaco and has bagged 120 in 150 matches for PSG, including 30 goals in all competitions so far this season.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has revealed he was criticised for being a show-off
The 22-year-old (centre) also said he was told he did not score enough goals in his youth career
The 40-cap France international has been prolific under manager Mauricio Pochettino (left)
But Mbappe, who is currently Ligue 1 top scorer by a distance and joint-second in the Champions League charts, admitted he was not always so prolific.
He told UEFA: ‘For a long time, in youth teams, people said I didn’t score enough and showed off too much. In football nowadays, you have to score. And to score, you have to practice how to do it. You have to work on it in training.
‘When you’re struggling, no one else can pick you up. You have to be strong mentally and do everything to understand that you can move mountains. When I go onto the pitch, I say to myself that I’m going to give my all to be the best I can possibly be.’
Mbappe is currently PSG’s third-highest goalscorer of all time, behind Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and scored a hat-trick against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in February in a 4-1 Champions League rout.
Mbappe scored two fine goals in a crucial 4-2 victory against title-chasing Lyon on March 21
He also became just the third player to score a Champions League hat-trick against Barcelona
PSG are set to offer the 40-cap international a gargantuan £25million-a-year contract to persuade him to stay in the French capital amid interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The 22-year-old scored twice in a crucial 4-2 win against title-chasing Lyon on March 21, a result that leaves them top of the league on goal difference from second-placed Lille.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side host Lille up next on April 3 in a mouthwatering potential title decider before the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against defending European champions Bayern Munich on Wednesday.