Kylian Mbappé received his Ph.D. at the age of 19 during his first major international tournament, as the France forward scored four goals and won the Best Young Player award on the way to Les Bleus lifting the World Cup in 2018.
However, his first foray into a european championship it has been the opposite. He played every minute without scoring a goal before missing the final penalty on the penalty shoot-out against Switzerland, which he saw France exit the tournament in the last stage of 16.
“It is very difficult to turn the page. The sadness is immense, we could not reach our goal. I am devastated by the penalty. I wanted to help the team and I failed. Sleeping will be difficult. Now the important thing is to get up stronger”, read MbappePost-defeat message.
Mbappe I was already in the eye of the hurricane before Euro 2020 he started. Olivier Giroud accused him of ignoring him during one of the warm-up friendlies, as he was apparently only looking Karim Benzema.
“I try to provide solutions, I ask for the ball … and it is not enough”, Giroud saying. “What he said didn’t bother me, it bothered me that he said it through the press. I congratulated him on the goal and he didn’t say anything to me,” he added. Mbappe answered.
The criticism was immediate. “He has a huge ego. [Didier] Deschamps I can’t handle it anymore and that’s problematic “, Jerome rothen he told RMC Sport. “If he’s one of the best in Europe, as everyone says, he can’t settle for flashes of brilliance.”
Against Switzerland, France hit rock bottom. Mbappe (2.7) and Clemente Lenglet (2,3) received the worst ratings from L’Equipe.
“The penalty that he missed is the summary of his tournament. It was supposed to help him win games with his goals, like Benzema, but he has not scored a single one, “said the former France international David ginola.
Mess in the stands
The final straw came in the stands of the National Arena in Bucharest. According to RMC Sport, Veronique rabiot, Adrien rabiotthe mother asked MbappeWilfried’s father, if only his son couldn’t be so arrogant.
But not all were critical, with Peel defending the teenager. “Head up Kylian. Tomorrow is the start of a new journey,” he tweeted.
Stars without light
Mbappe It is not the only star that has failed to shine in Euro 2020. Bruno fernandes He arrived exhausted after playing 81 games and ended up being used as a substitute by Portugal. “He ended the season on his knees, without a spark,” he said. Arsene wenger. His Portugal teammate Joao Felix He could barely play because of an ankle injury, but that didn’t save him from criticism. “He is an impostor. If I were [Cristiano] Ronaldo“I’d go get him in the dressing room,” he said. Roy keane.
Gareth Bale it didn’t work well either. He finished with two assists, both in the game against Turkey, and has not scored for Wales since October 2019.
No Ibra, Ramos, Van Dijk, Oblak …
Many star players did not make it to the tournament for one reason or another. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Virgil van Dijk, Ansu Fati other Marc-André ter Stegen are among the names of those missing due to injuries.
Marco Reus asked for a break, while others, including Jan Oblak, Martin Odegaard other Erling haaland could not qualify.