Kylian Mbappe: Arsene Wenger backs Frenchman to take over from Messi and Ronaldo

Kylian Mbappe: Arsene Wenger backs Frenchman to take over from Messi and Ronaldo

- Kylian Mbappe has enjoyed a bright start in his career

- The 21-year-old has been impressive for PSG since he joined them from Monaco permanently in the summer of 2018

- Cristiano Ronaldo believes the Frenchman has the quality to take over as the next world's best player in a few years

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has tipped 2018 FIFA World Cup youngster Kylian Mbappe as the player to overthrow Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Although some quarters believe former Barcelona winger Neymar has the quality to become the next world's best, the former Premier League winning coach has a contrary opinion.

Linked with a move to sign the forward while still at the Emirates Stadium, Wenger believes Neymar could challenge his countryman for the award.

The 70-year-old admits that Messi is a breed of player that is unique in any situation but insisted that he has reached the pinnacle of his career, hence, someone must take over.

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"Lionel Messi... we've never seen players like that who can absolutely be creative in any tight situation," the legendary former Arsenal boss told talkSPORT.

"These players are now getting to an end -- Ronaldo and Messi. It's now about the next generation and the next generation may be French.

"At the moment, the leader could be Mbappe. Of course Neymar, we know. But England, I believe, has a good chance. Now they are doing very well at youth level.

"They have done well with Gareth Southgate at the World Cup. I was hoping at the European Championship they would be one of the contenders."

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The Frenchman scored 30 goals in 33 appearances across competitions this season and was crowned Ligue 1 highest goals scorer.

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He scored 18 goals - same as Wissam Ben Yedder of Monaco but none of his came from the penalty spot.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint Germain have also been named French League champions after coronavirus pandemic forced to end the league midway.

Another ex-Gunners boss Unai Emery isn't sure if the Real Madrid target can dominate the Ballon d'Or podium in the coming years.

"I do not know if it will be Mbappe for the Ballon d'Or," he told Spanish newspaper Diario AS.

"He certainly has the age, abilities and talent to reach that level, but I do not dare to suggest it so categorically." earlier reported that Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has backed PSG forward Kylian Mbappe to become the next world's best.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a bright start in his career - winning the World Cup as a teenager and setting new records.

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Ronaldo, 35, understands he cannot dominate the stage forever and he has identified the youngster as a shinning light inn the coming years.

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