The story of Mbappé and his ‘Zidane-style’ haircut

There was an air of inevitability Kylian Mbappé moves from Paris Saint-Germain to Real Madrid. The striker has previously referred to Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Blancos' all-time top scorer, as his “idol”, while the three-time Champions League-winning coach Zinedine Zidane was his first football heroso much so that he copied the “haircut” of his bald compatriot.

Mbappe “spent hours watching Cristiano Ronaldo”

In 2020, Mbappe published Two pictures of him and Ronaldo On Instagram during the France vs. Portugal match, With the caption “Idol”. Although at that point, his admiration for the former Manchester United man was well known to many.

In an interview with France Football In 2016, Mbappe's father, Wilfried, revealed the matter His son “was a Real Madrid fan.” And “He used to spend hours watching Ronaldo videos.”

Footage of a 14 year old boy Mbappé stands in his bedroom, the walls covered with posters of the Portugal captainhas since appeared on social media, as well as one of the duo together at Real Madrid's training complex in December 2012, around the time of his 14th birthday.

“If you are a boy and you are French, your role model is Zidane.”

But before Ronaldo Zidane was Mbappe's number one. “If you are a boy and you are French, your idol is Zidane,” the striker previously stated. However, arguably Zidane's greatest moment, when he scored twice in the 1998 World Cup final, happened Five months before Mbappé was born.

However, it turns out that he was not just an admirer of Zizou's unique elegance, stunning vision and impeccable technique, but Also from his hairstyle…even though he was bald.

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Zinedine Zidane and Kylian Mbappe battle for the ball in the Champions League match between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Javier SorianoFrance Press agency

Mbappe is “crazy” for imitating Zidane's bald haircut

In an interview with French channel Canal+ in 2017, Mbappe explained his fashion choice: “At that time, I was in my own world a little bit. This made me want to have the same haircut as him. Because When you love a player, you want to do everything like him.

“Even though kids hate spinach, if they eat spinach, you eat spinach anyway. I wanted to go all out and didn't know I was going to be bald, so I asked my hairdresser to cut a circular section of my hair. “He thought I was crazy.”

We've never seen Mbappe with longer hair, and Zidane appears to be part of the reason. After he copied his haircut, could he now? Imitate his success (Mainly as a coach, admittedly) in the Spanish capital?


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