France's footballing sensation Kylian Mbappe has revealed that winning the World Cup 2018 with his nation is more important than winning the Ballon d'Or for him. Mbappe has been a revelation in this year's tournament, and many have given him an outside chance to be crowned the 'best player in the world'.
But the 19-year-old is least bothered about the personal achievement, but instead is focussing on guiding France to their second World Cup title. He said, "I do not care about the Ballon d'Or, I want the World Cup."
The Paris Saint-Germain player played a major role as France defeated Belgium 1-0 in the semi-final. It means they feature in the final for the third time in their entire history. And the youngster is extremely delighted by it.
"It's unimaginable. It is the dream of a life, of a future life, of everything. I do not have the words. Even in my biggest dreams I had not imagined that, and yet I am a big dreamer. But it remains a step. When you do not cheat and work for the collective, you are rewarded. As long as I can help the team, it's all that matters to me," he added.
Mbappe has put some brilliant display in his side's progress to final. He was off color in the group stage, but came up with a match-winning display against Argentina in the round of 16.
He bamboozled the Argentine defense, scoring two goals, winning a penalty and wreaking havoc. It helped his side edge the 2014 finalists 4-3.
Then against Uruguay in the round of 16, he again shone. Despite not getting his name on the board, Mbappe was a constant threat and helped creating spaces for the other strikers.
And in the semi-final, he again proved him worth with some breathtaking forward runs. Though, for once, his finishing and composure in front of goal let him down.