Christmas came early for Kylian Mbappe, when in early December he learned that Paris Saint-Germain will face Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.
And while going up against the reigning European champions will be a daunting task for the French giants, the young striker will be eagerly anticipating the chance to face his childhood hero Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mbappe had the opportunity to move to Madrid over the summer, but instead joined boyhood club Paris Saint-Germain in a deal that will cost €180 million at the end of the season.
Which was a real shame for Los Blancos.
Many saw the 19-year-old as a potential successor to Ronaldo at the Bernabeu, with Mbappe considered one of the game’s future superstars.
And speaking to Marca, Mbappe explained that he’s had to put his admiration for Ronaldo aside in the build-up to the game in February.
He said: “He is a hero from my childhood and it was amazing to meet him when I visited Valdebebas.
“But I am a competitor and a person who is very competitive and all I want to do is win, win, win – so it doesn’t really matter who is in front of us, we want to win.
“I admired him when I was younger, but that ended.
“Now I go to the Bernabeu to play and to win.”
The former Monaco star also believes teammates Neymar and Edison Cavani can help his development just as much Ronaldo could.
He said: “From someone who has won five Ballons d’Or you can learn a lot.
“He’s a great player, but I have those here too.
“Neymar is here and I think he is very similar and is at practically the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I learn from Cavani as a goalscorer too.”
Bold claims, Kylian.