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Deschamps warns against comparing Mbappe to his 'idol' Ronaldo

The pair faced off against each other in the Nations League on Sunday as France and Portugal drew 0-0

 
10:19am on Monday 12th October 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Didier Deschamps insists it is difficult to compare Kylian Mbappe to Cristiano Ronaldo due to the age difference between the two stars.

At just 21-years-old, Mbappe is already a World Cup winner and has become one of the most devastating attackers in the world, while Ronaldo has enjoyed a career most other players can only dream of, with multiple Champions League victories, multiple Ballon d'Or trophies, and a European Championships win on his CV.

Following the Nations League match between France and Portugal on Sunday which ended 0-0, Mbappe posted a picture of the pair with the caption 'Idol' referring to Ronaldo.

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Idol 👑🐐... @cristiano

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Before that fixture, France head coach Deschamps was asked to compare the abilities of the pair, but he stopped short of doing so as he believes it would be unfair on Mbappe due to his young age.

"He [Ronaldo] was his idol. But I think that Cristiano was and is the idol of many young football players," the World Cup-winning boss of Les Bleus said.

"It's difficult to compare them. Cristiano has been playing for many years at the highest level. They aren't the same age. I think it will be better to make a comparison when Kylian will be as old as Cristiano is now.

"They are two players who are able to be decisive for their team at any moment. It is a strength of Cristiano and it is also one of Kylian, even if he is younger. They both are top players."

After the match, Deschamps said he was happy his players managed to keep Ronaldo relatively quiet.

"We can always do better, then there is the quality of the opponent too. They take precautions like us, with respect to the players opposite like Cristiano, who we didn't see too much tonight," he told M6.

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