Kylian Mbappe, a striker for Paris Saint-Germain tells himself that he is the best player on the field at all times and plays mind games with himself.
Kylian Mbappe has unveiled the ego trick that lets him think his skills are unique, even when facing Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
He also has a leg up on Messi and Ronaldo, having won the World Cup with France and amassing trophies at club level.
In an interview with French broadcaster RMC Sport, Mbappe said of egotism: “Of course it’s important because when you’re having a tough time, no one other than yourself is going to push you.”
“And you have to convince yourself that you are capable of toppling mountains. People don’t understand ego, but when you are not doing well, there’s no one who will come to your house to tell you that you are able to do that.”
“It is only you and your mindset. You have to persuade yourself that you are capable of doing great things.”
“Every time I go on a pitch, I always tell myself that I’m the best, and yet I have played on pitches where there were Messi and Cristiano.”
“They are better players than me, they’ve done a billion more things than me. But in my head, I always tell myself that I’m the best because that way you don’t give yourself limits and you try to give the best of yourself.”
“Of course, sometimes people don’t understand because I think that there is perhaps also this barrier that is created in relation to this subject, where one does not really explain what ego is.”
“People will think ego is not giving a penalty to a friend, or to have a better salary than the player on the rival team. It’s not just that, it’s also in the preparation. It’s something personally, surpassing yourself, it’s really beyond this superficial thing of saying ‘me I, me I’. But I think there’s quite a lot to be said about that.”