French star Kylian Mbappé was keen to support and comfort his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Ashraf Hakimi, Morocco defender, after beating the Atlas Lions over the Roosters 0-2 in the semi-finals of the World Cup in Qatar.
Mbappe posted a photo of him with Ashraf Hakimi after the match on his Twitter account and wrote on it: “Don’t be sad my brother. Everyone is proud of what you did. You’ve made history.”
— Kylian Mbappe (@KMbappe) December 14, 2022
Video footage shows Mbappe and Hakimi exchanging shirts after the standoff ended, and they really wanted to sit and talk together in the hallway of Al-Bayt Stadium.
The players have a strong relationship as they play together at French club Paris Saint-Germain.
Ashraf Hakimi was born in 1998 in the Spanish capital Madrid, and Kylian Mbappe was born just 46 days later in the French capital Paris, the same year that the French team won their first world title. age and similarity of interests were important factors in shaping the friendship between them.
France is expected to face Argentina in the World Cup final next Sunday at the Lusail Stadium.
Notably, France won the 2018 World Cup by beating Croatia 4-2 in the final match.