The Reason Behind Kylian Mbappe Rejecting Real Madrid In 2017 Involves Ronaldo
Kylian Mbappe reportedly rejected Real Madrid in 2017 because of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Following a red-hot campaign at AS Monaco, Mbappe was a transfer target for a bunch of sides across Europe.
Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, among others, expressed a keen interest with the French phenom eventually penning a deal at PSG.
Though, according to reports, he agreed to join Real Madrid before backing out of the deal.
And his decision to turn down Real Madrid was because of Ronaldo.
Florentino Perez wanted Mbappe to replace the want-away Portuguese superstar. However, the then-teenage striker wasn't comfortable with filling his void considering the situation.
"Mbappe instead agreed to join Madrid only to back out of the deal when he realised that Florentino Perez wanted him to replace Cristiano Ronaldo," writes Duncan Castles in the Daily Record.
"Joining the world's biggest club, in a new country, for an unprecedented fee, as the direct successor to the planet's best footballer, equalled too much expectation, calculated Mbappe and father."
Mbappe's reasoning is understandably. It's a huge ask to swap countries/leagues, and to deliver the same amount of goals as Ronaldo.
Of course, Mbappe ultimately penned a lucrative contract at PSG and he's forged a lethal attacking trident alongside Neymar and Edinson Cavani.
He weighed in with 21 goals in all competitions in his debut season at Paris. But this season, he's enjoying a ultra-prolific campaign.
So, Kylian Mbappé is pretty quick then :flushed::zap:
:straight_ruler: 31 yards
⏱ 3.24 seconds
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 13, 2019
The World Cup winner has already smashed in 23 goals in all competitions including a brilliant strike versus Manchester United in the Champions League.