The life of Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho will never be the same after the double that ensured France progressed to the World Cup next summer, according to Les Bleus legend Lilian Thuram.
Sakho found the net twice on Tuesday evening as France overturned a two-goal deficit to condemn Ukraine to defeat and confirm his country's place in the hat for FIFA's showpiece tournament in Brazil.
Thuram has compared Sakho's goals to the his iconic brace against Croatia in the World Cup semi-final of 1998, a tournament which France won on home soil, and believes the Liverpool defender will be regarded fondly by his compatriots for decades to come.
"Fifteen years later, we still talk to me regularly my brace against Croatia in 1998," Thram said, according to Le10Sport.
"This is what will happen to Mamadou and I'm happy for him. This will give him incredible confidence."
Sakho, meanwhile, has played down his newfound reputation as a French hero, and believes all of Didier Deschamps' squad deserve equal credit for taking the nation to the World Cup.
Following his midweek exertions, the 23-year-old will return to domestic duty on Saturday as Liverpool make the short trip from Anfield to face Everton in the Merseyside derby.