One of the traits that Paris Saint-Germain winger Kylian Mbappé is known for is his speed. When the 24-year-old has open space, he can turn it into another gear, making it difficult for the opposition to contain him.
It’s that quality in the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner’s game that FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong highlights when asked about constructing his ideal player.
What are the other characteristics that the Dutchman includes in his ideal player? Regarding defending, de Jong wants the player to have Virgil Van Dijk’s capabilities.
Frenkie de Jong's ideal player:
– Speed: Mbappé
– Defending: Van Dijk
– Dribbling: Messi
– Intelligence: Messi
– Finishing: Messi
– Style: Neymar
– Leadership: Tadic pic.twitter.com/n6qxchEWuD
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The following three traits will revolve around Lionel Messi. De Jong wants the ideal player to have the Argentine’s dribbling, finishing, and intelligence. As for the style, the 26-year-old wants to have the flair that Neymar Jr. brings to the pitch.
Finally, de Jong draws from his former Ajax teammate Dušan Tadić in terms of leadership. It will be interesting one day if the midfielder explains why he went with each player that he did.