Kylian Mbappé consoles Griezmann’s disappointment saying “I would have had the same reaction” after being named France captain

Kylian Mbappe was recently appointed as the France national team‘s captain by manager Didier Deschamps ahead of Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann was not shy of expressing his disappointment of not getting the captaincy himself. He even went so far as to consider retiring from the international team.

In a recent press conference, Kylian Mbappe stood by his teammate and stated how he feels about the situation. 

Kylian Mbappe

“I spoke with Antoine. He was disappointed and that’s understandable. I told him I would have had the same reaction,” he said. “He is perhaps the most important player in the Deschamps era. He has the experience. If he has something to say, I will sit down and listen. You mustn’t shut the door to anyone. Everyone is free to express themselves.”

It is clear that Mbappe still sees Griezmann as a valuable member of the team. 

In hindsight, one could argue that Griezmann was the more suitable one to take up the captain’s role. He has years of experience in his bag and has been a key performer for Les Bleus throughout the years.

Kylian Mbappe

Considering the big picture, Deschamp values Mbappe more than Griezmann. Being only 24 years old, Mbappe is significantly younger than Griezmann, and he is already a proven player and leader on the pitch. His performances for the France national team, as well as at club level, have been sensational. 

How well has Kylian Mbappe done for France?

Kylian Mbappe has established himself as one of the best modern-day soccer players on the planet. He was instrumental in France’s 2018 World Cup victory, where he became the youngest Frenchman to score at a World Cup and the second teenager to score in a World Cup final. During the campaign, Mbappe scored a total of 4 goals.

Mbappe came back stronger than ever in 2022, aiming for a repeat of his 2018 World Cup victory. In the final game against Argentina, his heroics forced the game into a penalty shootout, where he scored a hattrick to come back from 2-0 to 3-3. 

Despite his incredible efforts, France lost in the penalty shootout, and Argentina were crowned world champions. Mbappe scored a total of 8 goals during the tournament, and was awarded the golden boot.

As it stands, Kylian Mbappe will be leading the France squad in the upcoming Euro qualifiers. France will be kicking things off against Ireland, which will take place on March 28.


Tanzeem Rahman

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Tanzeem Rahman is a soccer writer and an editor at SportsZion. Tanzeem's love for the sport began by watching and admiring Cristiano Ronaldo in his early Manchester United days. Having graduated from Germany as an Electrical Engineer, Tanzeem has watched multiple high-profile games throughout Europe from the gallery. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, as well as sublime english proficiency has been an asset to SportsKnot. Outside of his duty, Tanzeem is a gamer, and loves to spend time watching Anime and reading Manga.


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