PSG and France star Kylian Mbappe says he can’t compare himself to Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo
French sensation Kylian Mbappe has revealed he cannot compare himself to the greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, stressing that it would be a “lack of awareness” on his part if he did because of their longevity at the top of the world. game.
PSG forward Mbappe – alongside Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland – has been tipped to dominate world football for years to come, eventually taking over the mantle of Messi and Ronaldo, but in the latest issue of Esquire UK, the Frenchman is keen to downplay that talk.
At the age of 22, Mbappé already won the World Cup with France in 2018, four Ligue 1 titles, three French Cups and two French League Cups – and finished second in the Champions League with PSG in 2020.
Paris Saint-Germain and France forward Kylian Mbappe shine on the front of Esquire UK
Mbappé will dominate football for years thanks to his speed and goal heroes
But he doesn’t get carried away, and when asked if he compares himself to Messi or Ronaldo, Mbappe told Esquire UK: “If you tell yourself you will do better than them, it goes beyond ego or determination – it is a lack of awareness .
“Those players are incomparable. They have broken all the laws of statistics. They have had 10/15 extraordinary years.
‘You always compare yourself to the best in your sport, just like the baker compares himself to the best bakers around him. Who makes the tastiest croissant, the tastiest pain au chocolat?
“I watch matches of other great players to see what they are doing. “I know how to do this, but can the other guy do it too?” I think other players are looking at me too.
Mbappe insists football greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are ‘incomparable’
Frenchman insists Ronaldo and Messi ‘breached all the laws of statistics’ in the game
“I think that encourages players to improve their game, just like Messi was good for Ronaldo and Ronaldo was good for Messi.”
Thanks to Haaland’s incredible goalscoring record in Germany with Dortmund, the Norwegian youngster has earned comparisons to Mbappe – with the duo two of football’s most sought-after players right now.
Mbappe has been linked with Real Madrid and Liverpool in the past, while a slew of top European clubs, including Barcelona, Madrid, Man City, United and Chelsea, are on the hunt for Haaland.
And Mbappe insists he is “happy” to see his young rival making a name for himself and is excited about what lies ahead.
Mbappe and Erling Haaland are tipped to take off Messi and Ronaldo’s mantle
“It’s his second year, we’re getting to know him,” Mbappe added. ‘It’s the beginning for him. I’m happy for him, for what he’s doing.’
Another player tipped to sign Messi and Ronaldo, who together have an incredible 11 Ballon d’Or, is Mbappe’s PSG team-mate Neymar.
The Brazilian joined PSG in a world record £198 million in the summer of 2017, but struggled to settle during his early days in Paris.
In the past, Neymar has been constantly linked with a sensational return to Barcelona, but he has since put his problems behind him and is now playing his best football again, leading to him signing a new three-year deal with PSG last month. – worth a reported £26m-per-season.
Mbappe claims Neymar put his head down and let his football do the talking at PSG
And Mbappe has reflected on the rough start to his teammates’ lives in Paris, claiming that Neymar has now adapted to the French way of life and has left his festivities behind, including his love of poker, to give his football the to do the word.
Mbappé added: ‘In Brazil they are more festive, in France more serious. Here it is not considered good to show your passions.
“People will think he’s neglecting PSG because he plays poker. I think he’s starting to understand that. At first it was difficult for him because he took it as an insult.
“When he arrived they put his face on the Eiffel Tower and six months later they ask him why he plays poker. In France people know what you have, but they don’t want to see it. They just want to see you play football, smiling.’
The July/August issue of Esquire UK will be on sale from June 3rd
The 22-year-old opened up about everything football related in his interview with Esquire