Papin's prediction: Mbappe on the path to Messi-Ronaldo greatness

France v Gibraltar: Group B - UEFA EURO 2024 European Qualifiers
France v Gibraltar: Group B - UEFA EURO 2024 European Qualifiers / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Kylian Mbappe, the left winger for PSG, etched his name in history by contributing to France's resounding 14-0 victory over Gibraltar last Saturday. The 24-year-old not only completed an impressive hat-trick but also reached a significant milestone, scoring his 300th goal. Following this personal achievement, speculation has arisen regarding the future of the PSG star.

Former French footballer and coach Jean-Pierre Papin shared his insights with L’Equipe (h/t Le10Sport), envisioning Mbappe following in the footsteps of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Papin praised Kylian's adaptability and foresaw an increase in his performance in the coming years, drawing parallels with the legendary duo:

"It's like talking about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo; since they were 16, they've played every game. These guys are just on another planet, and Kylian is part of that. I wish for him to double his goal tally in four or five years."

With the January transfer window approaching, uncertainty looms over Mbappe's destination and the potential dilemma of whether to stay at PSG or explore new horizons. The prolific forward's stellar performance not only solidifies his place in football history but also intensifies speculation about his next career move. As the transfer window edges closer, fans and football pundits alike eagerly await Mbappe's decision and the potential shifts it could bring to the football landscape.