Former Barcelona forward Samuel Eto’o has likened Paris Saint –Germain teenager Kylian Mbappe to Lionel Messi, according to report.
Mbappe burst into the scene last season after helping AS Monaco to the French Ligue 1 and also helped the French outfit to the semifinals of the Champions League but were knockout by Juventus.
Mbappe secured a loan move to PSG last season from Monaco despite keen interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Eto’o who presently ply his trade with Konyaspor in Turkey believes the youngster is the future Messi if he manages his status very well.
“He’s the future Messi if he manages his status if he understands what is happening around his name,”
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“There are so many things to take into account to make a great career, which has nothing to do with the qualities of a footballer, especially for someone extraordinary.
“I hope I have the chance to talk to him one day.”
Eto’o has revealed the one attribute that makes Messi stand out from his peers.
“Kylian can draw inspiration from the superhuman mental strength of Leo Messi, whom I saw growing up in Barca,” he said. “He continues to make matches easy by creating things every second.
“He is unique but remained this little kid that I discovered in 2004, respectful, discreet. Others would have gone crazy in the face of being a worldwide star.” Eto told France Football.
Mbappe has scored 21 goals and 16 assists this season for PSG and the French capital-based club is hoping to permanent his seal for a fee of €160 million.