Kylian Mbappe has acknowledged that he has to pretend in his mind that he is the greatest player in the world.
The PSG powerhouse has emerged as one of the game’s most promising talents, and, along with Erling Haaland, the player most likely to be recognized as the world’s best.
In the last 15 years, the controversy about who is the best player currently on the field has been dominated by two players: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
They have won all but one of the last 12 Ballon d’Or nominations, with Luka Modric becoming the only man to crack the duopoly’s lock on the honor in 2018.
However, with both nearing the end of their careers, there is talk that Mbappe and Haaland are on the verge of displacing them at the top of the sport.
And Mbappe, 22, who has already won a World Cup, has spoken of his attitude and “ego,” suggesting that he would consider himself as stronger than two of the best players in history.
“I still remind myself in my mind that I am the best,” the Frenchman told RMC Sport. “Of course it’s necessary that when you’re in the rough, no one but you can drive you.” And you must persuade yourself that you are capable of bringing mountains down.
“You must reassure yourself that you are capable of amazing things.”
Any time I step onto the field, I assure myself that I’m the best, and yet I’ve played on fields with Messi and Cristiano (Ronaldo),” he added.
“They are better athletes than I am, and they have done a billion more things than I have. But in my head, I always convince myself that I’m the best and that way you don’t set boundaries on yourself and you do your hardest.”