Mbappé's teammate who chose another player as the best striker in the world

He doesn't think Kylian is No. 1, despite knowing him very well.

By William Estrella

He didn't choose Kylian.
He didn't choose Kylian.
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Kylian Mbappé has been in the elite of world soccer for almost a decade. He made his debut with AS Monaco when he was just a teenager and quickly proved to have a talent unlike any other player in Ligue 1. That's why in 2017 Paris Saint-Germain paid a fortune (almost $150 million) to sign him to become the team's big star. That decision was a wise one, as in a short time he owned PSG on the field, even eclipsing other top players like Neymar Junior.

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Those excellent performances allowed him to make it to the France National Team, with which he won the World Cup in Russia 2018. With that success, he became an irreplaceable player for Didier Deschamps and is now even the skipper. Despite being only 25 years old, he is already a reference for the other French players, who admire and respect him for everything he has achieved in his short professional career.

But one of his teammates in the France national team surprised everyone this week with an unexpected phrase. Marcus Thuram spoke to the press ahead of Tuesday's match against Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 and, when asked about his teammate Lautaro Martínez, gave him an impressive compliment: "Lautaro is one of the best, if not the best, striker in the world. We know each other well and we work together to make the team better".

This surprised everyone, considering that the French player put Martinez above other stars such as Robert Lewandowski, Harry Kane, Erling Haaland and, obviously, Kylian Mbappé. The latter is Marcus' teammate in the France National Team and together they participated in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, where they reached the final and lost by penalty shootout against Lionel Messi's Argentina.

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They have a mission

Inter will play a key match this Tuesday against Atlético Madrid. Last season the Italian side reached the Champions League final and lost 1-0 against Manchester City, so now they have the mission to try to improve their performance. After passing the group stage with ease, they will now face their first difficult challenge. About their opponents in this stage of the tournament, Marcus Thuram said: "Atletico are a team that defend very well, but they also play and combine with players like Memphis (Depay) or (Antoine) Griezmann. We have to be very attentive to counterattacks."

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