• June 20, 2021

Exclusive: Kylian Mbappe is heir to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s throne and Paris Saint-Germain star could spearhead France to Euro 2020 glory, Jose Mourinho declares

 Exclusive: Kylian Mbappe is heir to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s throne and Paris Saint-Germain star could spearhead France to Euro 2020 glory, Jose Mourinho declares


Jose Mourinho has backed Kylian Mbappe to emerge as the dominant force in world football as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s remarkable careers come to an end.

Messi and Ronaldo have set an unprecedented era of supremacy in the beautiful game since the mid 2000s, scooping an astonishing ten Ballons d’Or between them since 2008.

Mbappe will look to replicate his 2018 World Cup form at Euro 2020

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Mbappe will look to replicate his 2018 World Cup form at Euro 2020

Juventus striker Ronaldo is the second top goalscorer in history with 772 goals and is also Real Madrid’s record scorer, having won an incredible five Champions League trophies.

Messi, meanwhile, is Barcelona’s all-time top scorer with 744 strikes and has broken dozens of LaLiga records during in his 17-year stint in football.

Mourinho reckons Mbappe, who already has a remarkable 163 goals to his name at just 22 years of age, is the man destined to take over the two greats’ dominance in football..

“When you have Mbappe on your side it’s very difficult not to win, it’s much easier to win,” Mourinho told talkSPORT of the electric PSG frontman.

“He’s one of those players that wins matches, scares opponents, pushes opposition to change their approach because of his qualities.

Ronaldo and Messi are unquestionably two of the greatest players football has seen

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Ronaldo and Messi are unquestionably two of the greatest players football has seen

“With Messi and Ronaldo going to their late 30s, I think he’s the next one.”

Mourinho also praised Les Bleus’ coach Didier Deschamps for the way he has handled expectations at the national team having steered them to a World Cup triumph in 2018.

“Didier was a very good coach at club level and then he went to the national team with all his experience and values, I think he’s a fantastic coach for the national team,” The Special One added.

“He’s not afraid of big decisions and not afraid of hard decisions to make or even a decision that the public wouldn’t appreciate.

If things go right this summer, Mbappe will have won both major international tournament by the age of 23

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If things go right this summer, Mbappe will have won both major international tournament by the age of 23

“He doesn’t care if Giroud is not playing for Chelsea, he still plays him. He doesn’t care that [Karim] Benzema is playing amazing for Real Madrid. He doesn’t select him.

“He knows exactly what he wants and he’s very respected in the country. If I had to say one team to win it, I would have to say them as their group of players is fantastic.”

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