Paris Saint-Germain striker, Kylian Mbappe seems to have already decleared himself as the heir apparent of Cristiano Ronaldo’s and teammate, Lionel Messi’s throne, Newspremises reports.
Mbappe has been the favourite player widely recognized as the next superstar to take over the two arch-nemesis who have dominated football headlines for over a decade plus now.
Messi and Ronaldo have won 12 Balloon d’Or awards them, among many other individual and collective awards.
Mbappe, meanwhile, has lit up the football world since making his debut at the age of 17.
The French star, who declined a move to European and Spanish Champions Champions, Real Madrid earlier in the summer, is now setting his eyes on winning his first Ballon d’Or.
Speaking to New York Times, the 23-year-old sent out a strong message to Messi and Ronaldo.
“I think I’m about to win the Ballon d’Or.”
“I always say I dream about everything.I have no limits. So, of course, as you say, it’s a new generation. And Ronaldo, Messi — you’re gonna stop. We have to find someone else, someone new.”
Mbappe’s sentiments are backed by the reversal of fortunes of Messi and Ronaldo. Messi, Mbappe’s teammate at PSG, appears to have a limited role compared to what he enjoyed at Barcelona.
Ronaldo has started just one game under Erik ten Hag and is yet to score in any competition this season. Furthermore, he won’t be participating in the Champions League, which greatly hampers his efforts of winning another Ballon d’Or.