KYLIAN MBAPPE has been named ‘godfather’ to two newly-born twin panda cubs at a French zoo.
The Paris Saint-Germain star and Chinese Olympic diving gold medallist Zhang Jiaqi, the ‘godmother’, were in attendance on Wednesday for the ceremony at the Beauval zoo in Saint-Aignan.
Chinese Olympic diving gold medallist Zhang Jiaqi and Kylian Mbappe are the godparents of new twin pandasCredit: Reuters
The Beauval cubs were born on August 2 and are both femalesCredit: Getty
And the pair unveiled a celebratory plaque to mark the occasion.
The naming of baby pandas is usually a task for China’s First Lady – but Peng Liyuan gave the honour to the French public.
Zoo director Delphine Delord said: “More than 122,000 French people connected to our website to choose the names, Yuandudu and Huanlili.”
Striker Mbappe, 22, told spectators at the bash: “It’s a great honour to be here 100 days after the birth of our two wonders.
“It’s an honour but also a responsibility because, behind it, there is the project to protect this endangered species.”
The Beauval cubs, born on August 2 and both females, are the offspring of Yuan Zi and Huan Huan who were loaned to France by China a decade ago.
The panda parents also had twins back in 2017, but only one survived.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid will wait until the summer to sign Mbappe for free after PSG rejected their £170million offer, president Florentino Perez has suggested.
Perez said: “The state owned clubs don’t sell their players. It’s a madness.
“Now we offer €200m (£170m) for a single player and they don’t sell him. When players finish their contract it’s better.”
But the Parisian club rejected Real‘s opening offer of £137m, with Leonardo accusing the club of being duplicitous in their tactics to sign the Frenchman.
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