Jose Mourinho has backed Kylian Mbappe to emerge as heir to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when their extraordinary careers come to an end.
Messi and Ronaldo have sat atop the football pyramid for almost 15 years, scooping a staggering scooping an astonishing 11 Ballons d’Or between them since 2008.
Juventus striker Ronaldo is the second top goalscorer in history with 772 goals and has won five Champions League trophies while Messi is Barcelona’s all-time top scorer with 744 strikes, with loads of records behind him.
Now, Mourinho, recently unveiled as head coach of Italian outfit Roma, says Mbappe is the next king of football.
Mbappe has 163 goals to his name at just 22 years of age, and Mourinho feels he can lead France to Euro 2020 glory.
“Kylian Mbappe is heir to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s throne” – the former Tottenham manager declares.
“When you have Mbappe on your side it’s very difficult not to win, it’s much easier to win,” Mourinho told TalkSport.
“He’s one of those players that wins matches, scares opponents, pushes opposition to change their approach because of his qualities.
“With Messi and Ronaldo going to their late 30s, I think he’s the next one.”