Paris St-Germain's Kylian Mbappe backed as next Lionel Messi by former Barcelona star Samuel Eto'o
Posted: 9 May 2018 Time: 09:30
FC Barcelona legend Samuel Eto'o feels Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Kylian Mbappe will become the next Lionel Messi of world football.
Mbappe, 19, will become the second biggest transfer in football history at the end of the season when PSG activates his loan deal from AS Monaco into a permanent switch for £165.7m (R2.84b).
Despite initial concerns over the expectation on the shoulders of the teenager, Mbappe has continued where he left off at his former club - where he led them to the Ligue 1 title and a UEFA Champions League semi-final.
With PSG this season, the France international has scored 21 goals and registered 16 assists while lifting the domestic treble.
"[Mbappe] is the next Messi, if he manages his status well, if he understands what is happening around his name," Eto'o told France Football.
"There are so many things to take into account to make a great career which have nothing to do with the qualities of football player, even for a player outside the norm. I hope I have the opportunity to talk about this with him one day.
"Kylian can draw inspiration from the superhuman mental strength of Leo Messi, who I saw grow up in Barca.
"[Messi] continues to make games easier by creating things every second. He is unique but remained [the same as] this little kid that I discovered in 2004, respectful, discreet.
"Others guys would have gone crazy in the face of being a global star."