French President Emmanuel Macron awkwardly comforts Kylian Mbappe after World Cup final defeat
Leave me alone, Mr President! Kylian Mbappe appears distraught, shaking off Emmanuel Macron’s repeated awkward attempts to comfort him – after the French leaders’ over-the-top goal celebration
French President Emmanuel Macron clumsily tried to comfort Kylian Mbappe after Argentina’s 4-2 penalty shootout triumph in the World Cup final.
Despite his exploits, Mbappe cut a losing figure following Argentina’s win after becoming only the second man to score a hat-trick in the World Cup final, with the game ending 3-3 after extra time.
Macron was seen trying to comfort Mbappe after the penalty shootout, with the French president lifting the striker off the field and grabbing his arm.
French President Emmanuel Macron tried to comfort Kylian Mbappe on the pitch
Macron offered more words of support to the striker during the post-game presentation
Mbappe tried to walk away from Macron when the politician spoke supportively to him.
After addressing Mbappe, Macron seemed to have come away empty-handed after the defeat to France head coach Didier Deschamps.
The French President again tried to comfort Mbappe during the post-match presentation as the PSG star received his runners-up medal and golden boot.
Mbappe finished as Qatar’s top scorer but lost out after the final defeat
“It’s extraordinary what Mbappé has done, but the whole team,” Macron told RMC Sport. “Mbappe is a great player but he is young.
“I told him he’s only 23 years old, he was the top scorer in the World Cup, he won a World Cup, he was in a final.
“I was just as sad as he was.
“I told him he made us very proud and in the end we lost a football game, we were so close. That’s how it is in sport.”
Mbappe became only the second player to score a hat-trick at the World Cup
Macron was seen celebrating Mbappe’s goals during the final at Lusail Stadium
Macron added he had asked Deschamps to continue as France coach as the 54-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the World Cup.
Mbappe scored two crucial goals for France to force extra time in the final after the holders fell 2-0 down.
He also confidently sent his penalty deep into extra time to force penalties, becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in the final since Sir Geoff Hurst in 1966.
Hurst tweeted during the game: “Congratulations to Mbappe whatever happens. I had a great run!’
Mbappe also became the top scorer in World Cup history after scoring once in France’s triumphant 4-2 win over Croatia in 2018.
Mbappe started first and scored his penalty on penalties before two crucial errors by Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni gave Argentina their first World Cup triumph since 1986.
Despite France failing to win back-to-back World Cup titles, Mbappe’s stunning hat-trick clinched the Golden Boot.
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