Belgian star, Eden Hazard, and his teammates had lined up to criticise France for their defensive tactics that earned Les Bleus a tight 1-0 in Tuesday night's World Cup semi-final in Saint Petersburg.
This is mainly why South Africans are so proud that France have reached the 2018 Fifa World Cup final.
But Mbappe is focused on team glory and responded to questions about the Ballon d'Or by telling TF1: 'I couldn't care less about that.
"Gutted to lose in the semi-finals".
Luckily, the French players escaped with no more than just having to catch their breath after the extended celebrations.
Elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs extracted the final batch of four boys, plus the 25-year-old coach, via a treacherous escape route that required them to squeeze through narrow, water-filled tunnels in darkness.
"In the changing room, [coach] Didier Deschamps was happy".
"At the end of the match, we gave everything to defend this little advantage".
"FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Federation Internationale de Football Association event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration", a spokesman said. I do not want to relive that. "It's been a few years since we got this opportunity".
Deschamps also recalled France's defeat to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final in Paris two years ago, and revealed it's still weighing on the team.
Goal scorer Umtiti said the win had come on the back of the work of the entire team. We did not forget the doubts about us at the beginning of the competition, about our ability to play together.
"A lot of pride", said the defender. We had the chance to win the final of the Euros, but we missed a wonderful thing and we must not let this chance pass.