NBA World Lost in Nostalgia as Rare Video of Kobe Bryant and 18-Year-Old Soccer Star Kylian Mbappe Resurfaces: “How Do You Miss Someone You Never Met?”

Published 11/27/2022, 5:10 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014 – Lakers guard Kobe Bryant catches his breath during a break in the action against the Rockets at Staples Center. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

There was no match for Kobe Bryant’s athleticism. Bryant was perhaps among one of the greatest ever to step on the court of basketball. But only a few knew about another world-famous sport that Kobe played while growing up in Italy. It was soccer. Despite not being attached to the sport in the later part of his life, he nonetheless got to meet the star players of the Paris-based soccer club, Paris Saint Germain. A resurfaced footage of him and Kylian Mbappe from that meeting melted the hearts of the NBA universe.

Paris Saint Germain is the biggest club in Ligue 1, the division one soccer league in France. Formed in 1970, the club has won over 40 official honors, including 10 league titles. They also have a squad filled with many superstars of the soccer world like Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi, and Neymar Jr., etc.

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Fans react to the video of Kobe Bryant juggling the ball with Kylian Mbappé

Kobe Bryant got to meet the superstars of the PSG squad in 2017 when he visited the French side’s Ooredoo Training Centre. They had a fun time and several videos were released by the club where the stars could be found enjoying among themselves.

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A recently resurfaced footage of the Lakers legend juggling a soccer ball with Mbappe picked up quite a lot of attention on the internet. The fans reacted to the video and portrayed their emotions through their comments.

Here are some of the reactions of the fans:

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Overall, the fans surely got a bit nostalgic in the comments. Many commented that Bryant would have been so proud if he saw the recent performances of Mbappe in the ongoing World Cup in Qatar. While others seemed to be a little surprised after getting to know about Kobe’s soccer skills. However, even after almost three years of his death, the comments showed how much they still love the ‘Black Mamba’.

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What are your thoughts on the juggling skills of Kobe Bryant? Do you think he could have made a career in soccer? Please let us know in the comments below.

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Ayush Roy

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Ayush Roy is an NBA writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Calcutta. Capitalizing his background in finance, Ayush likes to dive deep into the economics of the NBA.

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