Mbappe not on Neymar level - Alves

Mbappe, 19, has already forged a reputation as a global sporting icon after securing a £166m transfer to PSG from AS Monaco, ranking him as the second most expensive transfer of all-time behind the Selecao superstar.

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In his first season he picked up the domestic treble, won the 2018 FIFA World Cup and went on to feature of the front cover of Time Magazine - but teammate Alves believes he is still a few steps from the level of his compatriot.

With 11 goals and five assists in nine games, with an average of a goal in every 64 minutes in the French top-flight this season, the former FC Barcelona wing-back has revealed how Messi will play an indirect role in his development.

"I believe Neymar and Mbappe have different profiles," the 35-year-old Brazilian told Goal.

"Mbappe will become one of the historical players in football, but I believe Neymar has already reached that level. Mbappe is still in the process of getting there.

"But I think that if Mbappe is clever, which he is, he will not waste the opportunity to learn from Neymar.

"I say that because Neymar learned a lot from [Lionel] Messi. It is a chain of learning, a sequence."