Mbappe and African players should learn from Messi, France would be like Iceland - Fans

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Veteran coach Vicente del Bosque tried in vain to convince versatile attacker Lionel Messi to represent Spain in international assignments instead of Argentina.

Recently, the 35-year-old triumphed in the World Cup winning the elusive trophy in his already glittering career. Messi played a vital role to help the South Americans win the coveted international trophy in the competition held in Qatar after defeating France in the final.

Del Bosque coached Spain from 2008 to 2016 and masterminded the 2010 World Cup glory whereby his team went on to lift the trophy in South Africa.

Unlike Messi who was born to Argentine parents, Kylian Mbappe's father is from Cameroon and his mother is from Algeria. Being born in France meant he was naturally available for Les Bleus - as his first option, but would be eligible for the Indomitable Lions or Algeria if he opted to switch his allegiance.

Here is what the fans felt being reminded of Messi's refusal to switch his allegiance to Spain and Mbappe sticking with France.