Kylian Mbappe has revealed how his ego is able to elevate him above Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and makes him capable of “toppling mountains”.
Having enjoyed a meteoric rise at Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappe, along with Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, leads the charge to replace Messi and Ronaldo at the top of the game.
The young pretenders may have to wait until the veteran duo hang up their boots to be considered in the same bracket. However, the 22-year-old Mbappe says he already ranks himself above the Barcelona star and Juventus striker as a self-motivation technique.
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“The ego? Of course, it’s important because when you’re in the rough, no one else is going to push you,” Mbappe told RMC Sport. “And you have to convince yourself that you are capable of toppling mountains.
“People don’t understand ego but when you are not well there is no one who will come to your house to tell you that you can do that. It’s just you and your mindset. It’s just you. You have to convince yourself that you are capable of doing great things.
“Every time I go on a pitch I always tell myself that I’m the best and yet I have played on grounds where there was Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. They are better players than me, they have done a billion more things than me. But, in my head, I always tell myself that I’m the best because that way you don’t give yourself limits and you try to give your best.”
Mbappe admits his self-confidence is sometimes misinterpreted as arrogance. However, he says it is more a selfish desire to get the best out of himself.
The PSG talisman added: “Of course, sometimes people do not understand because I think there is perhaps also this barrier which is created in relation to this subject, where one does not really explain what the ego is.
“For people, the ego is just not giving a friend a penalty, having a better salary than the player of the rival team. It’s not just that, it’s also in the preparation. It’s a personal thing, to surpass yourself, it’s way beyond that superficial thing of saying ‘me, me’. But I think there is quite a bit to be said about it.”
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