Mbappe makes surprise Messi admission

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Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has made a surprise admission about teammate Lionel Messi after both stars bagged a brace in the UEFA Champions League this week. 

Following a relatively slow start to life in Paris, Messi appears to be rediscovering his best form, having scored twice against Belgian side Club Brugge on Tuesday. 

In the process, the 34-year-old attacker became South America's all-time highest-scoring footballer with 758 goals, surpassing Brazil legend Pele.

Teammate Mbappe also grabbed himself a double as PSG walked away 4-1 winners from their final 2021/22 UCL group-stage match. 

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On the back of Messi's latest Ballon d'Or win and that stellar performance against Brugge, Mbappe has now heaped praise on the Argentina captain, calling him "the best player in the world" – a remark that might surprise some as it is well-known that the France star grew up idolising Cristiano Ronaldo.

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"It's easy to play with Lionel Messi," the 22-year-old said in a post-match interview, per Marca.

"He's the best player in the world. He won the Ballon d'Or a few days ago.

"He scored two goals today, he is happy, and I hope he will help us in the future."

Messi has now extended his goalscoring tally in the Champions League to 125 goals in 154 matches, putting him behind only Ronaldo, who leads the chart with 140 UCL strikes.

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