Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé made club history last Saturday when the 24-year-old scored his 201st goal with the French giants.
The strike against FC Nantes over the weekend at the Parc des Princes put Mbappé ahead of Edison Cavani as the French forward became PSG’s all-time leading scorer. While the accomplishment should be applauded, Prime Video pundit Thierry Henry does more than praise Mbappé.
Henry highlighted how Mbappé conducts himself on and off the pitch, which stood out to the Arsenal legend.
“For me, we don’t talk enough about his professionalism,” Henry said Sunday on Prime Video (h/t Maxi Foot). “We always talk about his goals, his accelerations, but he’s a guy who works, who comes to training early, who is always on the pitch, always wanting to learn and always wanting to try to go further. When you look at the two bosses before him, Ronaldo and Messi, it’s the same thing. That’s why that I call him ‘the heir’, because he’s the next one, that’s more than clear.
“But it’s his desire that I like, his understanding of the game; he’s smart too. You have to get up early to score 201 goals in 247 games. You have to live and breathe football; you have to have that desire. And that’s what makes me have this admiration for him. I know it’s hard to stay at the top level and do what he does.”
🤣 Thierry Henry : "201, ils ont dû compter les buts à l'entrainement."
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While the way Mbappé conducts himself should be applauded, PSG will need more than that in their UEFA Champions League second-leg contest against Bayern Munich on Wednesday at Allianz Arena.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner must bring the goals to dig out PSG of its current 1-0 aggregate hole. Mbappé has demonstrated the ability to show up for big games and rise to the occasion; well, the capital club will need him to do so when facing the Bundesliga side.