While Kylian Mbappe rises on the pedestal of potentially becoming a Ballon d'Or winner in the future, he definitely knows where to draw the line.
In a reported interview with Canal, as quoted by Sportbible, Mbappe was asked about Lionel Messi in which he reportedly replied that he could be better than the FC Barcelona legend in the next "three or four years."
🎙 [@CanalFootClub] | Mbappe: "Messi is a very exceptional player, but I still think if I continue to work hard, I can be better than him in 3 or 4 years. Of course I respect him very much, he is a great player."— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) December 9, 2018
Is the kid dreaming too much? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/h5TtxtbWtk
The 19-year-old saw this above tweet and actually went ahead and denied the report while responded to it stating, "I never said that. Messi have all my respect and my admiration."
I never said that.— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 9, 2018
Messi have all my respect and my admiration 👍🏽
We apologize for any inconvenience that might cause you. We respect you as a player and your dreams. We got the above statement from Canal Football Club via @OnefootballDE (link below)https://t.co/hS9jEecqcM— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) December 9, 2018
In one of his pre-Ballon d'Or interviews with Agence France-Presse, Mbappe spoke about both Messi and Ronaldo, calling both as the best in the world. The World Cup winner stated, "Nobody is doing better at the moment and we can't say it's the end of their era because it will only end when somebody else does better than them."
He concluded by stating, "Messi finished the best goalscorer in Europe; Ronaldo was the top scorer in the Champions League."