Mbappe, “We have to respect football legend Zidane”


French national team Kylian Mbappe (24, PSG) publicly criticized Noel Le Grae, president of the French Football Federation (FFF). It is because of President Le Grae’s comments about his own idol, Zinedine Zidane.

On the 8th, Mbappe left a message on his SNS (social network service), saying, “Zidane is France itself,” and “There shouldn’t be such a lack of respect for the legend.” President Le Grae said in an earlier interview, “Zidane to Brazil? It doesn’t matter. He can go wherever he wants. I’ve never met Zidane and I have no intention of parting with coach Deschamps.”

FFF announced on the 7th that it would accompany Didier Deschamps, who led France to the World Cup final for the second time in a row, until June 2026. There were predictions that Zinedan Zidane, a former French soccer player and former Real Madrid coach, would become the next coach of the French national team, but it was canceled.

Criticism poured in that Chairman Le Grae’s interview was careless. Apart from renewing the contract with coach Deschamps, he drew a line with the living French football legend Zidane without being polite at all.

A number of netizens also supported Mbappe and responded to Zidane with a little respect. French Sports Minister Amelie Udea Castera also supported the football legend, saying, “The president of France’s top sports federation shouldn’t talk like that.”


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