The Paris Saint-Germain striker set the record straight on Ronaldo and Messi as people begin to compare his potential rivalry with Haaland to the iconic duo.
Kylian Mbappe has hailed the ‘eternal’ duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, while also playing down his rivalry with Erling Haaland.
Many have touted Haaland to rival Mbappe in a career-long challenge set by two of the game’s greatest-ever players, but the France captain wants to distance himself from such comparisons between himself and the Manchester City frontman.
“Things should be read differently,” Mbappe told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“It happens perhaps every fifty years or more to have two players like Messi and Ronaldo at such levels for so long. We lived through an exceptional era and I hope the fans took advantage of it.”
‘I learned a lot from them’
The 24-year-old also spoke of his experience of playing against Ronaldo and with Messi at PSG for the past two seasons, stating “They are truly special”.
“I was lucky enough to play against Cristiano and then against and together with Leo: they are truly special,” Mbappe added.
“I learned a lot from them, especially with Messi in these two seasons. They wrote the history of football: they are eternal.”