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Kylian Mbappe and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: French star asks for mask suggestions but opts for French colors before TMNT in training

After suffering a broken nose in the Euro 2024 opener against Austria, French superstar and Ballon d'Or candidate Kylian Mbappe will wear a mask so he can return to the pitch before his nose is damaged. is completely cured.

This brought Mbappe's comparison to the popular Nickelodeon animated series and comic book Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the forefront.

The 25-year-old sensation has long been compared to one of the main characters, right from the start of his playing career. It started as a friendly conversation between teammates and became a fun part of his public persona.

The Sporting News details how he got his nickname, how the comparison to one of the pizza-loving reptiles exploded and how he emerged into the spotlight after his injury during the big summer tournament with the Blues.

MORE: Latest news and updates on Kylian Mbappe's broken nose, including when he will return for France

Kylian Mbappe asks for mask suggestions after broken nose

After immediate on-field treatment failed to stem the blood flow, Mbappé was removed from France's opening match against Austria and taken to hospital for further assessment.

Real Madrid's latest Galactico took to X (formerly Twitter) to ease the tension around his health by making a joke.

“Any ideas for masks?” he posted in French around 1:26 a.m. local time in Germany.

Mbappé will need a protective mask for his face when he returns to the field for France at Euro 2024. The internet had ideas, and many of them came from one of his favorite pastimes, because Mbappé already has one in the image of a cartoon turtle. on his hand.

However, during training with France the day before the match against the Netherlands, Mbappé chose to wear a French tricolor mask.

Detailing Kylian Mbappe's connection to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Social media was full of ideas about Mbappé's imminent need for a protective mask, most of them both stupid and unrealistic.

Many of them involved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or TMNT for short, the Nickelodeon cartoon involving four crime-fighting mutants in half-shells named after Italian Renaissance artists.

Mbappe's public connection with TMNT dates back seven years, when he first joined PSG from AS Monaco on loan in 2017. Since then, his teammates at club and country have continually mocked its resemblance to one of the titular cartoon characters.

Neymar did it on the PSG team bus in a 2017 video, jokingly telling him “Donatello, have some pizza!” but was refused as Mbappe said he had already had one. Dani Alves, who could be seen laughing at Neymar's joke in this video, would later post a photo of a stuffed Donatello (the cartoon turtle, not the painter) on his Instagram in 2018 with the caption “Donatello is fast, huh?

The most famous incident also happened in 2018 when teammate Thiago Silva wrapped a Ninja Turtle mask in a fancy Dior box, causing PSG's band-aid to burst out laughing when unwrapping Mbappe. He was then filmed wearing the mask and doing his famous crossed arms pose.

Why is Kylian Mbappé nicknamed “Donatello”?

Some of Mbappe's PSG teammates thought the French star bore a slight resemblance to Donatello, one of the Ninja Turtles, and the nickname stuck. It was apparently defender Presnel Kimpembe who recognized him for the first time.

Wearing a purple mask and sporting a staff known as a “bo”, Donatello is considered the smartest (some might say nerdiest) and most laid back of TMNT's four main characters. The comparison probably has more to do with their personalities than any perceived physical resemblance, although it's surely amusing for his friends to joke about the latter.

In cartoons or comics, Donatello is often depicted speaking in scientific or technological jargon, often relying on gadgets rather than combat skills.

As Mbappé becomes a global football icon and a world-class player, what started as a joke has become part of the French star's image. Last week it got a little dull.

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