Why France star Mbappe appears to be hiding Budweiser logo as Bono follows suit

Joe Williams
France international Kylian Mbappe signals to his team-mates

Morocco hero Yassine Bounou appeared to copy France star Kylian Mbappe by hiding the Budweiser logo on Player of the Match awards at the World Cup.

Sevilla goalkeeper Bounou, also known as Bono, has been brilliant for the North African side this tournament as he helped them book a place in the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

Morocco knocked out a toothless Spain 3-0 on penalties after the previous 120 minutes of football had ended in a goalless draw.

Madrid-born Achraf Hakimi hit the winning penalty, showing no fear with a panenka, after Bono had saved from both Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets, with Spain failing to convert any of their three penalties after Pablo Sarabia hit the post with the first.

Bono was the hero and awarded the Budweiser-sponsored Player of the Match award but, just like Mbappe, he seemed to purposely cover up the beer company’s logo.

Mbappe has won three Player of the Match awards already at the World Cup in Qatar and his covering of the Budweiser has caught the eye.

The France superstar, who contributed five goals and two assists in four matches so far this tournament, seems to be turning the gong around on purpose so that the logo isn’t visible.

And Fox Sports now claim that Mbappe is ‘deliberately hiding’ the logo ‘as he doesn’t want to promote alcohol use at the World Cup in Qatar.’

The report adds: ‘Mbappe has made it a point in his image rights policy not to promote alcohol, junk food or sports betting. He’s a role model to many kids around the world and wants to make sure his image fits the bill.’

The Player of the Match usually does post-match interviews too but Mbappe has so far refused in Doha with France paying fines for his absence.

Mbappe has been phenomenal at the World Cup and England, who are France’s next opponents, are set to give him “special attention”.

England assistant manager Steve Holland commented on Mbappe: “I think there are a handful of players on the planet that you need to consider special attention to. Messi has been one and probably still is.

“You’d have to put Mbappe in that kind of category I would suggest.

“We do need to look at trying to avoid leaving ourselves in situations where he is as devastating as we’ve all seen. We have to try to find a way of avoiding that.

“I remember having a conversation with (Jose) Mourinho about it a long time ago when he was with Real Madrid, they were playing Barcelona and they had (Cristiano) Ronaldo.

“(Dani) Alves would be the right-back for Barcelona and flying forwards in attack, he would play a soldier against him to try to stop him.

“But then of course you don’t get any threat from your team from the soldier as you’re just stopping somebody, you’re not actually hurting them.

“Then he would try to play Ronaldo against him, directly, one against one because Alves was fantastic going forwards but maybe not quite as good defensively as a consequence.

“There is always a plus and a minus to every one. It’s that cat and mouse of, yes, we have still got to try to deal with him but we also have to try to exploit the weakness that his super strength delivers, if I’m making sense.

“Trying to adapt your team to cover for that while still trying to create your own problems is I think the challenge.

“I would like to think we won’t just be looking to stop a player but we would be looking to try to do everything possible to limit his super strength whilst still trying to focus on our own strengths because we have good players.

“Players just as likely to cause France trouble as Mbappe would be to us. We have to find that balance.”

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