'I don't look like a ninja turtle' - Marcus Thuram pokes fun at Kylian Mbappe ahead of France's Euro 2024 opener

'I don't look like a ninja turtle' - Marcus Thuram pokes fun at Kylian Mbappe ahead of France's Euro 2024 opener

Mark Kinyanjui 09:31 - 16.06.2024

Marcus Thuram aimed a subtle dig at Kylian Mbappe after a journalist accidentally got his name wrong.

Press conferences ahead of football matches often follow a predictable script: discussing the upcoming rival, their strengths, and the team's expectations. 

However, an unexpected twist turned a typically mundane session into a memorable event for the French national team on Saturday. 

The incident occurred as the team faced the media at their camp before their opening EURO 2024 game against Austria on Monday.

Marcus Thuram, present to field questions from journalists, found himself the center of an amusing mix-up. One reporter mistakenly addressed him as Kylian Mbappe. 

Thuram, known for his sense of humor, responded with a light-hearted jab: "Kylian? I'm more handsome than Kylian. I don't look like a ninja turtle." The room erupted in laughter, and Thuram's wide smile ensured everyone knew he was joking about his celebrated teammate.

Thuram has had a remarkable season with Inter Milan, scoring 15 goals and providing 14 assists in 35 games. His free transfer to the San Siro last summer has proven to be a masterstroke, showcasing his ability to shine alongside the best, including his potential contributions to the French national team.

Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe remains the marquee player at this summer's EURO 2024, following his highly anticipated move to Real Madrid. 

Before dazzling fans at the Santiago Bernabeu, Mbappe aims to lead France to European glory, a feat the team hasn't achieved in 20 years. His presence, combined with the talents of players like Thuram, adds significant firepower to the French squad.

France's journey to the EURO 2024 title begins with overcoming their Group D opponents: Austria, Poland, and the Netherlands. Securing the top spot in the group is crucial for a favorable path through the tournament. The French squad, rich in talent and experience, is determined to end their two-decade wait for European Championship success.

As the team prepares for their opener against Austria, moments like Thuram's playful banter with the press bring a sense of camaraderie and confidence. These elements could be pivotal as France aims to capture the EURO 2024 title in Germany.

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