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5 reasons why Kylian Mbappe is better than Neymar 

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Kylian Mbappe is the hottest property in world football right now and once again underlined his immense ability with a career-defining hat-trick against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

He burst onto the scene as a pacy teenager at Monaco where he helped the club make their mark in the UEFA Champions League. The teenager also spearheaded his side to the Ligue 1 title in the 2016-17 season.

Since then, the France international has morphed into a bonafide world-class player capable of holding his own against any player in any competition.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's hegemony of personal awards in the last 15 years meant that no other player was significantly mentioned for individual accolades.

But with the iconic duo approaching the twilight years of their careers, attention has turned to who is most likely to take over as the most dominant player in the world.

Neymar is widely regarded as the third-best player of this generation and rightly so. The Brazilian international has made a mark on the biggest stage since making his debut for Santos.

He has gone on to achieve legendary status at Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain as well as the Brazilian national team. A common subject of discussion in the last few years has been comparisons between Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, with both men having strong support.

While Neymar's ability might not be in doubt, a case can be made to consider Kylian Mbappe the better player.

Here are five reasons why Kylian Mbappe is a better player than Neymar.

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#5 Kylian Mbappe has a superior fitness record

Neymar has a poor fitness record compared to Kylian Mbappe
Neymar has a poor fitness record compared to Kylian Mbappe

In elite-level football, fitness is an integral part of the game. Special care is taken to keep players fit, with focus given to their dietary regimen and training patterns.

However, football's nature as a contact sport means that injuries are still very much a part of the game, with rough tackles and physical play causing fitness problems for players.

Neymar's style of play sees him on the receiving end of a disproportionate number of rough tackles and this has led to several spells on the sidelines.

Since joining PSG in the summer of 2017, the former Santos man has had no fewer than 15 injury problems which have seen him miss over 80 games. Most of these matches came at crucial points in his club's campaign and his poor fitness record meant that he could not play his part for the club.

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In stark contrast, Kylian Mbappe has not suffered any serious injuries in his career yet, with his longest spell on the sidelines coming when he was ruled out for a month due to a hamstring injury in 2019.

Mbappe's superior fitness record means he can be counted on to be available when it matters most. Neymar's poor injury track record means the same cannot be said of him, which puts the Frenchman on a higher pedestal.


#4 He is more professional

Kylian Mbappe eschews unprofessional conduct
Kylian Mbappe eschews unprofessional conduct

In addition to Neymar's poor fitness record, he has also been accused of lacking the professionalism required of an elite footballer. The Brazilian possesses the hallmarks of most players from the South American nation, with a penchant for partying, keeping late nights and living life on the fast side.

History has shown us that this has a concordant effect on a player's career, with most of them failing to reach the heights expected of them.

There have been reports of Neymar being indulged by the PSG board, with leeways given for him to pick matches he wants to participate in. He also reportedly vowed to 'keep partying' when accused of immaturity in the past.

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The greatest players in the world set themselves apart from their peers with their minute detail to attention. Immense care is also taken to ensure their bodies are in shape for maximum value.

You need to look no further than Cristiano Ronaldo to see the effects of professionalism on a footballer's career. Kylian Mbappe happens to consider the Portugal international his idol and models his game after the Madeira native.

The France international has not been involved in any off-field issues so far in his career and tries to maintain the highest level of professionalism. This significant difference in approach to their careers sets Mbappe out as a player destined for the very highest level of the game.


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Published 17 Feb 2021, 22:07 IST
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