Pele: Mbappe can be the new Pele, I’m not joking

Mbappe and Pele

Brazil legend Pele has claimed that Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has what it takes to become his heir.

The three-time World Cup winner praised the Frenchman’s achievement of winning the competition in Russia at such a young age.

“He won the World Cup at the age of 19 and I did it when I was 17 years old,” Pele told France Football.

“I teased him saying he had almost equalled [what I did}, but I think he can become the new Pele and I don’t say that as a joke.”

Pele has also revealed that Mbappe sent him a private message after his win in the World Cup against Croatia.

“To make me even happier, you have to win another World Cup,” replied the Brazilian.

Finally, the 78-year-old acknowledged his close relationship with Neymar and criticised the player’s attitude during the 2018 tournament.

“He [Neymar] has became known for diving and complicating the life of the referees, which is why his image was negative,” Pele added.

“We have spoken several times and I have also talked to his father.

“I think he understands now, as he is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world and I hope that he will soon be the best.”

This story was first published by Marca

via: USAHint Sports

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