Kylian Mbappe has already drawn comparisons to Pele due to his exploits at the World Cup, and the 19-year-old has now been compared to Thierry Henry and Brazil legend Ronaldo by a former French World Cup winner.
Youri Djorkaeff says the youngster is similar to Thierry Henry with how he plays now, drifting on the wing and working in space, but will be comparable to the Brazilian striker in a few years as he develops his game.
Mbappe is already regarded as one of the world’s best players, finishing fourth in the Ballon d’Or after an impressive year for Paris Saint-Germain and France .
The teenager attacker helped his nation win the World Cup, while he already has 14 goals in 15 games for PSG this season, becoming the youngest player to reach 40 goals in Ligue 1 in nearly half a century along the way.
Djorkaeff, a 1998 World Cup winner for France, feels Mbappe is like Henry, but has backed him to turn into one of the world’s best pure strikers in the future.
“I had the opportunity to play with great strikers. And I think that Mbappe is more like Thierry Henry, because they have the same speed,” he told Omnisport .
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“Ronaldo takes the ball, turns, dribbles, with the speed, with the skills. Mbappe needs movement, like Thierry Henry.
“Ronaldo plays as a number nine. Mbappe plays a bit on the side, like Thierry Henry did.
“So I think in two or three years, we could compare Mbappe with Ronaldo. Because, according to me, Mbappe will play as a number nine.”
Mbappe and PSG are in Ligue 1 action on Wednesday against Strasbourg but will have to quickly turn their attention to the Champions League.
The French side face a vital clash against Red Star Belgrade next Tuesday, with Champions League Group C still very much up in the air.
A win would ensure progression for PSG, who sit second, one two points clear of Liverpool, but Red Star have yet to taste defeat on their home ground in the Champions League.