Gianluigi Buffon on Kylian Mbappe: 'I Had Taken Part in a World Cup Before He Was Even Born'

Ben Davies

​Gianluigi has taken the time to discuss his upcoming opponent in Kylian Mbappe, speaking highly of the youngster and how impressive the French striker has been this season.

Buffon's Juventus take on Mbappe's Monaco in the Champions League semi-final The French outfit have been a revelation in the competition this season, surprising everyone as they have made their way through the knockout stages.

FC Barcelona v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg
FC Barcelona v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg

Now as Juventus are faced against the dark horses, Buffon has discussed the man who he will be focused on stopping in their fixture.

“He was born in 1998, right?" he asked (via Football Italia) about Kylian Mbappe's age. 

"I had already taken part in the World Cup in France before he was born. This is the joy of life, the great thing about lasting for a long time. You get the meet kids who weren’t even born when you already had a good chunk of your career behind you.


“The other day, I worked out that I managed to connect practically three generations. I used to play with those born in the 1950s and 60s, then I’ll end up playing against those born after the year 2000. It’s an enormous stretch of time."

The goalkeeper spoke very highly of the striker, likening him to Thierry Henry, and commending his goal-scoring ability at such a young age.


“In any case, Mbappé is an incredible talent and also seems like a good kid, so that will really help his career and I hope it’ll be a luminous career, at that.

"He does have similar characteristics to Thierry Henry, such as playing for Monaco, that very easy, smooth and elegant running style.

“At his age, he’s already better in front of goal than Henry was at the time. He scores in almost every game with remarkable consistency and that’s not easy for one so young to be so cool-headed.”

Buffon and Co will be well aware of the threat that the French side possess, but will be confident of making it to the final in Cardiff.

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