5 reasons why Kylian Mbappe could become better than Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar
There are only a handful of players in history who could boast being among the top 7 best footballers in the world at the age of 18. One of the footballers who can is Kylian Mbappe, who was judged as the 7th best player in the world for 2017 in the Ballon d’Or rankings.
The last time an 18-year-old player caused such shockwaves in European football was Lionel Messi—and we all know how he turned out to be. Cristiano Ronaldo was another player who set Europe alight in his teenage years and he also didn’t turn out half-bad either.
And Neymar? He has been in the news since his mid-teens in Brazil and his development is right in front of us to witness. In this era, Kylian Mbappe is that player. There is, however, a chance that he could go on to be better than both Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo—and here’s why…
#5 Already a star
While Cristiano Ronaldo might have had his breakthrough at a very young age, not even he can boast about being one of the top 10 best players in the world at the age of 18. In fact, a glance at the Ballon d’Or list of 2003 would reveal that the Portuguese player wasn’t even there in the top 25.
In this regard, Lionel Messi too will have to hide in the shadows as he wasn’t on the top 25 list for the Ballon d’Or for 2005—when the Argentine himself was 18. Neymar, too, was 19 when he first shot himself to the top 25 list of the Ballon d’Or in 2011.
And Kylian Mbappe was not only in the top 25, he was among the best 7 players last year, which was only his first year as a regular in competitive football. All of this was possible due to…