Argentine legend Diego Maradona claims Real Madrid didn’t want to take the opportunity and sign Kylian Mbappe before he joined PSG, due to the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo
Diego Maradona has admitted that he told Los Blancos president Florentino Perez what he thinks about Mbappe and that they should sign the France wonderkid before he moved to PSG. As we all know, that didn’t happen.
18-year-old Mbappe was a key player who helped fire Monaco to the Ligue 1 title last year, and his brilliant performances earned him the attention of several huge European clubs including Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Manchester City.
As it was reported over the summer, Real held talks with Monaco to secure the signature of Mbappe, before the teenage sensation decided for a move to the French capital on an initial loan with the obligation to make the move permanent for £166 million, GOAL reports.
The legend of Argentine football, Diego Maradona has since revealed that he told Florentino Perez to buy Mbappe, saying he thinks the Frenchman is the “revelation of football”. However, the Real president suggested Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence was one of the main reasons of them not signing Mbappe.
“For me, Mbappe is the revelation of football. I think he can surpass many. Why did they not sign him? I told Florentino to sign Mbappe. I told him when we saw each other at Fifa,” the Argentine legend told AS.
Maradona was asked about Perez’s response, and the former great replied: “He told me…’but you know I have Cristiano’.”
Well, PSG came out of this deal on top, that’s for sure. Mbappe has already netted 10 times across all competitions while playing for the Ligue 1 giants this season. The 18-year-old will have his chance to take on Ronaldo’s Real in the Champions League next year.