Kylian Mbappe more challenging than Cristiano Ronaldo to defend against claims Inter defender

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"I confess, at first I did not believe he was coming to Italy," he told Corriere dello Sport.

"But when they [the media] kept saying it, then I started to take note. For Italian football, his arrival in Serie A was positive because it gives a great boost to the whole competition.

"I played against him with the national team in a friendly against Portugal before the 2014 World Cup. It finished 1-1 and he scored on a corner."

Meanwhile, teenage Mbappe, who has often spoken of Ronaldo as his idol, had clearly made a huge impression on the 26-year-old defender when asked who's the best attacker he's played against.

As the 36-time capped Dutchman simply replied: "That's Mbappe."