Kylian Mbappe has what it takes to reach level of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, says Man United legend Peter Schmeichel.
But it was a display earlier in the tournament that caught Schmeichel’s eye, as Mbappe led France to victory over Messi’s Argentina in the Round of 16 on the same day Ronaldo’s Portugal also crashed out.
“I think it was very significant that on the same day Ronaldo and Messi left the tournament, I think Mbappe stepped up in the game against Argentina,” Schmeichel said.
“The way he played in that game. The run that led to the penalty. How easily he just brushed people off and the way he treated the ball.
“We always knew he was a great player but to be so young and do that in such an important game, it was like he stepped up onto the scene and said: ‘Listen I’m ready now.’
I think everyone will be keeping a very, very close eye to him to see how he performs.
He had a really good World Cup and I think he’s definitely one of the next to step into that space that Messi and Ronaldo will leave in five years or two years or whenever that is.”
Quotes taken from Peter Schmeichel’s interview with CNN.