Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Players’ Tribune, France international and World Cup winner Kylian Mbappé discusses how he first heard from Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid.

“Right before my 14th birthday, I got an incredible surprise. My father received a call from Real Madrid inviting me to Spain to train with them. I was shocked – they told my father: ‘Zizou would like to see your son.’ I was over the moon.

I will never forget the moment that we arrived at the training center from the airport. Zidane met us in the parking lot by his car, and it was a really nice car, of course. We said hello, and then he offered to drive me over to the field for training. He was pointing at the front seat, like, “Go on, get in.” But I just froze and I asked, “Should I take off my shoes?” (laughs) I don’t know why I said that. But it was Zizou’s car! He thought that was really funny. He said, “Of course not, come on, get in.” He drove me to the training pitch, and I was just thinking to myself, I am in Zizou’s car. I am Kylian from Bondy. This is not real. I must still be sleeping on the airplane. Sometimes, even when you are really living something, it feels like a dream.