Mbappe says will ‘never’ get over World Cup heartbreak

Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappe is seen from the back during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and RC Strasbourg Alsace at The Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on December 28, 2022. (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP)
Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Kylian Mbappe is seen from the back during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and RC Strasbourg Alsace at The Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on December 28, 2022. /AFP

Kylian Mbappe said he will never get over the disappointment of losing the World Cup final after the France star scored the winner on his return to action for Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

“I think I’m never going to get over it,” Mbappe said, speaking 10 days after he scored a hat-trick in the final against Argentina which the South Americans won in a penalty shootout.

Mbappe said he had been through some “difficult times” since the defeat but he showed few signs of the setback in Qatar as he won and converted a 96th-minute penalty to give PSG a last-gasp 2-1 win against Strasbourg on Ligue 1’s resumption following the World Cup break.

“As I said to my teammates, there is no reason why the club should pay the price for the failure of the national team, they are two very different situations,” 24-year-old Mbappe said.

“It does me good to come back with a win and to have a link with the club, the supporters and my teammates.”