PSG legend thinks Mbappe can reach the level of Messi and Ronaldo
Former PSG striker Pedro Pauleta considers Kylian Mbappe the best player in the world, as he said in an interview with L'Equipe. The Portuguese forward is the fifth all-time top scorer for the Parisian squad with 109 goals.
His tally has since been surpassed by PSG's four most prolific strikers of the Qatari era, Neymar with 118 goals, Zlatan Ibrahimovic with 156, Edinson Cavani with 200, and Mbappe with 201.
The French world champion drew with the Uruguayan after an impressive double at the Vélodrome during Le Classique, before beating it against Nantes last Saturday.
Mbappe, who is just 24 years old, overtook Cavani in the standings for the club's all-time top scorers while reaching the 201-mark in many fewer games than the Uruguayan striker, let alone at a much younger age.
The France international and 2018 World Cup champion has needed just 247 matches played since arriving in Paris in Aug. 2017 to hit his 201 goals to date at PSG. He's bagged 152 with his right foot, 44 with his left, 4 with his head, and an odd one with his torso, according to the official club accounts.
Pauleta: "Mbappe can break all records and follow the path of Messi and Ronaldo"
According to Pauleta, the sky is the limit for the 24-year-old Parisian. “We are witnessing a phenomenon that will leave its mark on history. He is the best player in the world today”.
Pauleta, one of Portugal's best strikers with 47 international goals, is notably impressed by Mbappe's physical and mental strength, as well as his speed.
The "Azores Eagle", as they nicknamed him in France, believes that Mbappe has everything to succeed as Zinedine Zidane, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo have done before him.
“Kylian can break all records and follow the same path as Messi or Ronaldo, that's for sure. He really is phenomenal”, concluded Pauleta.