Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe names 2 legends who most influence him

Jamie Spencer
Kylian Mbappe is known for devastating off the ball movement
Kylian Mbappe is known for devastating off the ball movement / John Berry/GettyImages

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has named Thierry Henry and Brazilian legend Ronaldo as the footballers who most inspire him to play the way he does.

Mbappe has developed a style that makes him devastating with the ball, but also effective without it because of his speed and intelligent movement to create and run into space.

The 23-year-old has teammates like Lionel Messi and Neymar at PSG who prefer to be in control of the ball, which makes his ability to spin in behind the opposition defence a perfect complement.

“I play with a few players who love to have the ball at their feet – Messi and Neymar – and me, I’m the player who can go with my movement without the ball,” Mbappe explained the latest episode of Rio Ferdinand’s Between the Lines on BT Sport.

“I can touch the ball too, but I can move without the ball to create some space for the others and myself. We work on it in training but it’s a natural quality as well.”

Asked to name the players who have inspired him to play that way, he said, “As a French player, you can say Thierry Henry, that’s normal. But Ronaldo Nazario, too.

“It is this type of complete player who play with the ball, connected with the game, but also can play without the ball and create movement, that I want to be. I work every day to be as good as them.”

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