Kylian Mbappe 'adjusting fine' to being a superstar, says France captain Hugo Lloris

Aditya Devavrat 14:07 11/10/2018
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Mbappe's star continues to rise.

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris believes Kylian Mbappe has dealt well with his rise to superstar status after starring in Les Bleus’ World Cup triumph during the summer.

Lloris was captain of that side and saw Mbappe score four goals in the tournament, including one in the final – which  made him the first teenager to score in a final since Pele in 1958. The 18-year-old was duly named the World Cup’s best young player.

Since then, the youngster has been on a tear, starting his domestic campaign with Paris Saint-Germain with eight goals and three assists, including a four-goal performance against Lyon last weekend. He’s also been named in the FIFPro World XI as well as being nominated for the Ballon d’Or.

There’s no doubt that, even at his young age, Mbappe is now one of the world’s biggest stars.

“Obviously Kylian has a brand new status now,” Lloris said ahead of France’s friendly against Iceland.

“Even though he has done great things in Ligue 1 and the Champions League, the World Cup gave him a new dimension in the world’s eyes.

“He is adjusting just fine to this new status; we all know his great potential.

“He proved that in the second half against Lyon. I have not seen the first half, just the second one.

“It is not easy to score four goals in Ligue 1. I’m sure he can repeat these kinds of performances all over again.”

Lloris has been named to the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist, too, along with four other Frenchmen – Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Antoine Griezmann, and Raphael Varane.

“It is always a token of appreciation,” the Tottenham goalkeeper said.

“I am really pleased to be in the list of 30 personally and for my team-mates. We all hope that a French player will win, however we are not the ones choosing so we’ll just watch.”

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