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Paris Saint-Germain Star Kylian Mbappe Reveals Criticism for "Showing Off" And "Not Scoring Enough Goals"

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has revealed he was criticised for being a show-off
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has revealed he was criticised for being a show-off / JEFF PACHOUD/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has revealed that he was criticised for being a "show off" and not scoring enough goals during the early stages of his career.

The Frenchman spent nine years at local side AS Bondy and later switched to Monaco, where he impressed one and all, before making his big-money switch to PSG in 2017.

But Mbappe has said that he was accused of being a "showman" during his time as a youth player. He told UEFA: "For a long time, in youth teams, people said I didn't score enough and showed off too much. In football nowadays, you have to score. And to score, you have to practice how to do it. You have to work on it in training.

"When you're struggling, no one else can pick you up. You have to be strong mentally and do everything to understand that you can move mountains. When I go onto the pitch, I say to myself that I'm going to give my all to be the best I can possibly be."

This season, the 22-year-old tops the Ligue 1 scoring charts with 20 goals in 25 appearances, and has scored another 10 across other competitions. Since joining the French champions, he has scored 120 goals in 160 outings, and the club are desperate to hang on to their star player.

Mbappe is already looking forward to 2022 World Cup, and admitted that he wants to lift another title with Les Blues. He added: "We want to win a second one. The World Cup is a goal, something you work towards for a long time and that you win when you have worked your way to the top.

"I was fortunate enough to win it at 19, that's something that is going to help me progress in my career. There will be other challenges, and my ambition is to win a second one."