KYLIAN MBAPPE announced his desire to fulfill his childhood dream by representing France at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The 22-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star has already helped his country achieve success in the World Cup and Nations League and lift the French Ligue 1 title four times.
Now, the striker, who is eyeing a big move to Real Madrid at the end of the season when his contract expires, has revealed Olympic gold on his priority list as well.
Mbappe was first drawn to the London Games as a child, and after being denied the chance to go to Tokyo this summer with teammate Neymar, he is desperate not to miss the opportunity next time.
Tell to liberateWatching London 2012, I realized the importance of this global competition.
“The Games are the reference point for sports, the athletes’ and athletes’ cup.
“I must have been 13, I was still very young, I remember the hours before some event in London.
“LeBron (James), Kobe (Bryant). I wanted to see what Usain Bolt did on the right track. All other sports besides football.
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“That’s when I said to myself I want to be there too. I want to experience the Paris Games.
“It feels inside me as if it was my destiny to take part in this huge celebration in my city, in my country – 100 years after the last competition in France.”
Mbappe is still bitter about being denied the opportunity to compete in Tokyo – but he plans to host the full Games in 2024 as well as claim the gold medal.
He added, “I dream of going to other sports that we don’t have time to see. Judo, handball, basketball, volleyball, rowing – even skiing.
These games will be in France, the centenary in Paris. It’s not the biggest football competition, but you have to play games in your career.
“For Tokyo 2020, I wanted to participate. It was my goal. But they quickly pulled the rug out from under my feet.”
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