- Micah Richards joked that Kylian Mbappé has “more style” than Thierry Henry
- The former Manchester City star also said that Mbappé should leave PSG to seek more trophies
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Micah Richards mocked Thierry Henry by claiming Kylian Mbappé has “more aura” than the Arsenal legend, before insisting the Paris-Saint Germain striker must leave the club.
The 25-year-old’s contract with the Ligue 1 side expires this summer and he appears to be getting closer to a move to Real Madrid.
Recent reports have also suggested that Mbappé could be “willing to join Arsenal” amid “doubts over offers from the LaLiga club”.
Henry, meanwhile, is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to ever appear in the Premier League, scoring 228 goals in 377 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions. Like Mbappe, he also won a World Cup with France and is also known for being one of the best strikers to ever grace the sport.
Despite that, Richards claimed that Mbappé could have more style than the legendary French international. The former Manchester City star told CBS Sports: “Honestly, looking at him (Mbappé), his aura, he just… reminds me of a young Titi (Henry). He really does. But I think he’s got a little bit more …’
Micah Richards has joked that Kylian Mbappé has “more aura than Thierry Henry”
The former Manchester City player also stated that Mbappé was “the best player in the world at the moment.”
But Henry hilariously responded to Richards’ claim by claiming he was still upset about the time the former Arsenal player made a pass at the former Manchester City defender.
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His statement prompted loud screams from Jamie Carragher, Kate Abdo and Henry inside the CBS Sports studio. Carragher was heard on the broadcast saying: ‘No! Whoa, whoa, whoa.’
Richards again clarified his statement, saying: “I mean style, not as a player: calm down, calm down.”
The former Manchester City star addressed Henry directly and said: “Titi (Henry), by the way, I wasn’t disrespecting you,” Richards said. ‘I mean he was talking about va va voom!’
Abdo: ‘So you don’t feel like it has style? What do you mean by that?’
Richards: ‘I said I could have more. He (Henry) has a lot of style, but Kiki (Mbappé) is, you know…’
The cameras then turned to Henry, who hilariously hit back at Richards and responded, “It’s because I did something crazy to him…Honestly.”
The former Manchester City defender previously recounted the moment Henry out-skilled him, claiming the Frenchman had “winked” at him after passing the ball between his legs.
Mbappé, meanwhile, joined PSG from Monaco initially on loan in 2017, but scored a phenomenal 242 goals in 289 games but never won the Champions League with the club.
With PSG in action tonight against Real Sociedad in the round of 16 of the tournament, Abdo again pressed Richards on his comments, stating: “Could there be no better way to end your time at PSG than to hand them the League of Champions, Micah?”
Richards responded: “Yes, it’s going to be difficult, but it’s not a one-man team, they’ve had Neymar, they’ve had Messi.”
Mbappé was in action on Wednesday in the Paris-Saint Germain Champions League against Real Sociedad
Henry scored 228 goals in 377 appearances for Arsenal and is widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers to ever play in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Richards added that Mbappe should leave PSG this summer and try to win the Champions League elsewhere.
‘It would be a great farewell, of course. But it’s not just one man. I just love him because he really is the best player in the world right now. People were talking about him at the beginning of the season saying: “he wasn’t doing very well, he’s gone through a bit of a slump”… he’s scored 30 goals this season in 29 appearances!
He praised the PSG star and said: “Honestly, I’m really excited to talk about him because when everyone doubts him, he just delivers.” Even when I doubted him in a match, he shook me. I just think it’s a pleasure to watch. He can play on any wing. So fast, electric.
“He can score goals. He’s a complete superstar. I love him in the PSG shirt, but he needs to go and do better things and win Champions Leagues, and it looks like he could be Real Madrid.”