He may not be ready to challenge the likes of Messi and Ronaldo for individual honours just yet, but Kylian Mbappe is certainly one of the hottest prospects in World football. We take a look at what some of football’s biggest names have to say about this future superstar.
Starting his career at Monaco, Mbappe exploded onto the scene in 2016/17, helping the principality club to their first League title in years, as well as progression deep into the latter stages of the Champions League.
His form for Monaco earned him rave reviews from around the footballing world, as well as a mega money transfer to PSG, becoming the second most expensive player of all time after the French club agreed to pay £166 million for his services.
With his current progression, he seems destined to go on to absolute greatness, and maybe even become a future recipient of the Ballon d’Or. Here are what some of the biggest names in the game have said about this special talent:
What they said…
“Zidane saw him when he was 16 years old. Zidane liked him a lot. Mbappe has some very good ways and surely he’ll become one of the greatest.” – Real Madrid president Florentino Perez
“Mbappe is an incredible talent and also seems like a good kid, so that will really help his career and I hope it’ll be a luminous career, at that.” – Gianluigi Buffon
“I don’t like comparing players – Mbappe has to become Mbappe and that is all. But my word, he is good. Ooh la la. l really like watching him play.” – Thierry Henry
“On the pitch, he is a phenomenon. He does not play like a young player nor someone who has been around for a while.
“He is natural. You would think he’s been here for the last 15 years. He has a good handshake, he is very kind, has lots of respect for others. He has been very well brought up and is very mature for his age.” – Noel le Graet, French Football Federation President
“Kylian Mbappe is a great player with a very good future” – Robert Pires
“He could be another Thierry Henry” – Arsene Wenger
“For a long time, I’ve thought that Mbappe must be the forward for France. It’s sure because it’s his best position. He can play well on the right or the left, but the boy is a centre forward and must be France’s spearhead for the next 10 or 15 years. He’s a No.9.
“He’s our Michel Platini, our Zinedine Zidane. He’s the player for our future. So he must be allowed to learn and mature in this position.” – Cristophe Dugarry
“He is very good. He is a talent, he is 18 years old, he has personality. He is very good, very good as a player and has shown it all year” – Zinedine Zidane
“Mbappe has blistering pace, goals and aggression. He has the lot – full of confidence and he has got everything in his game.” – Alan Shearer
“Kylian has much more talent than I have. Do you see what he is doing at his age? No, I never had his talent. – Paul Pogba