Mbappe focused on defending WC title and not personal ambition

Mbappe focused on defending WC title and not personal ambition

The 2022 FIFA World Cup leading goal scorer and France's top striker Kylian Mbappe has maintained that his biggest ambition in this tournament is to help his country retain its World Cup trophy and is not driven by personal ambition.

Mbappe was speaking after helping Les Bleus run rings around Poland and hammered them 3-0 to advance to the quarterfinals during a last-16 match played at the Al Thumama stadium.

The Paris St Germain striker scored a brace in that game and took his tally to five goals in this tournament. Mbappe says the ambition has not changed in this 22nd edition of the big spectacle.

"The only objective for me is to win the World Cup. Now to win the next game, quarterfinals is very important. My only dream is to win this World Cup, that's what I'm here for," Mbappe said.

I didn't come here to win the golden ball or the golden boot. If I win it, I'm obviously going to be happy but that's not what I'm here for. I'm here to win and also to help the French national team."

With this brace, Mbappe became the first player to score nine World Cup goals before his 24th birthday, having netted as many as Argentina's 35-year-old Lionel Messi.

Mbappe, who scored four times during France's run to World Cup victory in Russia four years ago, turns 24 two days after the Qatar final. He says they managed to a difficult game.

"We are very happy, happy to be in the quarterfinals. It wasn't an easy match, we played against a difficult team. We managed to score goals at key moments and I think we had enough control.

"Even though sometimes there were some moments in the first half where we found ourselves in a bit of difficulty. But we ended up winning it and we are very satisfied to be continuing with the adventure," he concluded.