Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Kylian Mbappe admitted during the 2021 Ballon d’Or award ceremony that he has a long way to go before he can be compared to footballing icons, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mbappe is widely considered by many to be the next to take up the mantle of the best player in the world once Messi and Ronaldo retire from football and while he admitted that he was “flattered” by comparison to the two legends – he insisted that he has a “long way” to go to reach their level.
“It’s a pleasure but I’m not like Messi and Ronaldo. They’ve won a lot of times, they’re legends. I’m lucky to play with Leo and learn from him on a daily basis. Just having my name next to theirs is a pride,” he said before presenting Barcelona captain, Alexia Putellas with the Ballon d’Or Feminin trophy.
The 22-year-old has already established himself as one of the best in the world, scoring 120 goals in just 145 games for PSG, while leading France to the 2018 World Cup title. The youngster who no doubts harbours to win the Ballon d’Or award in the future has been linked with a move to Real Madrid next summer and it will be interesting to see how his future pans out.