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Published Time: 04.07.2024 - 22:47:37 Modified Time: 04.07.2024 - 22:47:37

"They are at different stages of their careers. Cristiano is one of the best players that there has ever been and Kylian is still in the beginning or middle of his career. The most important thing is not them, it's Portugal and France." Portugal vs France



Gab & Juls discuss whether Cristiano Ronaldo should start for Portugal in their quarterfinal match against France at Euro 2024. (1:58)

HAMBURG, Germany -- Portugal's Euro 2024 quarterfinal against France is not just Cristiano Ronaldo versus Kylian Mbappé, according to Bernardo Silva.

Silva has played with both players but insists the game means more than just an individual battle.

"It's not Kylian and Cris, it's Portugal and France," Silva told a news conference on Thursday.

"They are at different stages of their careers. Cristiano is one of the best players that there has ever been and Kylian is still in the beginning or middle of his career. The most important thing is not them, it's Portugal and France."

Kylian Mbappé and Cristiano Ronaldo will be the center of attention when France face off with Portugal. OZAN KOSEINA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images

Silva was once a teammate of Mbappé at Monaco, but said their friendship will be suspended for a day.

"He is a wonderful player," said the Manchester City midfielder.

"I can only wish him the best for his career, but not tomorrow. This is an amazing chance to be one step closer to our ultimate goal which is to win the trophy. I don't think there is a favourite. They are two national teams with amazing players. We need to be at a very high level to beat France."

"I have information, and the staff and I prepare each separate game. Criticism shows how passionate are the national team and we accept that.

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