Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has described Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo as his ‘childhood idol’.
The teenage striker will go up against the Spanish and European champions in the next round of the Champions League in February, and he took time to express his previous admiration for the Portuguese.
“Yes it’s true, Cristiano was my childhood idol,” Mbappe told an interview with Marca.
“It was fantastic to meet him when I went to Valdebebas (Madrid’s training ground) but I no longer have those feelings, due to me now being a professional too.
“He is a fantastic player but when you look at what PSG have, we have players on a similar level to that, such as Neymar.
“It will be fantastic to play Madrid in the Champions League as I have never played at the Bernabeu and this will be a fantastic challenge.
“We must prepare well for the match and believe in our own ability.”