Kylian Mbappe been France‘s attacking star so far, but Raphael Varane has been praised by the French media too for his leadership throughout the 2018 World Cup.
The Real Madrid defender participated in his first major international tournament at the age of 21 and then missed the European Championships on home soil in 2016.
This World Cup has been his chance to shine and the French newspaper Le Monde have already named him “Minister of Defence”.
His nickname in the dressing room of Les Bleus, however, is Mr Clean, because of the way he gets to the ball, because of his anticipation and because of his discretion.
Varane is Hugo Lloris’s lieutenant and he doesn’t hesitate to speak up in a dressing room packed with huge personalities.
“Varane is being heard,” L’Equipe said of the Real Madrid man.
“The young and timid centre-back is now a voice that is heard in the France national team.”
According to the French publication, Varane has become an active leader in terms of tactics, unlike Paul Pogba, who boosts his colleagues in a more emotive manner.
With four Champions League trophies at the age of 25, the talented defender aims to carry on his European success to an international level with the French national team.