Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Kylian Mbappe should be confident of winning another World Cup but does not expect Argentina to do likewise after their disrespectful title celebrations.
Mbappe’s France lost on penalties to Argentina in December’s Qatar 2022 final despite their talisman scoring a hat-trick.
Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Lionel Messi instead added the final major medal he was waiting for to his collection.
Despite Mbappe matching Messi almost stride for stride, he was the subject of taunts from the Argentina players both immediately after the game and in their celebrations back home.
PSG great Ibrahimovic criticised the Albiceleste’s lack of class and suggested it was “a sign” they will not repeat their win.
“I said Argentina will for sure win the World Cup, because if you want to remember the Qatar World Cup for the rest of history, who needs to win? Messi,” he told France Inter.
“Messi is considered the best player in history. If you want to remember the Qatar World Cup, Messi needs to win. I was 100 per cent sure he would win.
“But I felt sorry for Mbappe, because if you score three goals in a final and don’t win the World Cup, that is very sad.
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— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 19, 2022
“What will happen? He will win another World Cup, and he already won one, so I’m not worried about Mbappe. I’m worried about the other players in Argentina, because they will not win anything more.
“Messi has won everything and he will be remembered, but the rest, who behaved badly, that you cannot respect. That’s coming from me as a professional football player at a high level.
“That is a sign you will win one time and you will not win any more. Mbappe will win again.”