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'Kylian Mbappe on same level as Ronaldo, Messi'

Deschamps compares Mbappe's importance for France to that of Messi and Ronaldo's for their respective national teams

By Web Desk
December 11, 2023
Inter Miamis Lionel Messi (from left), Kylian Mbappe and Al-Nassr forward Cristiano Ronaldo. — AFP/File
Inter Miami's Lionel Messi (from left), Kylian Mbappe and Al-Nassr forward Cristiano Ronaldo. — AFP/File

As Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continue to dominate the football world courtesy of their remarkable performances, French national team manager Didier Deschamps puts Kylian Mbappe on the same level as the Al Nassr and Inter Miami forwards in terms of prowess on the field.

At 24 years of age, Mbappe has come a long way since his senior breakthrough at Monaco managing to win the 2018 World Cup — and coming close to winning a second one after scoring a hat-trick in the 2022 World Cup final against Argentina.

The French striker is considered by many as one of the most talented football players of the modern era courtesy of his remarkable run for Paris Saint-Germain becoming the club's all-time leading scorer with 230 goals in 279 matches.

Deschamps puts Mbappe in the "same talent bracket" as that of Ronaldo and Messi stressing the the French striker's importance as a player for France, reported goal.com.

Speaking to Le Parisien, Deschamps underscored that Mbappe holds the same significance for the French national team as Ronaldo and Messi do for Portugal and Argentina, respectively.

He also stressed that Mbappe's presence makes the French team stronger.

"These extraordinary players make their team sublime. It’s been like that for as long as soccer has existed. After that, Mbappe is part of a collective and knows full well that he needs the others,” he said.

Currently, Mbappe is ranked as the third-highest scorer for France with 46 goals in 75 appearances.