Kylian Mbappe is “more professional” than Lionel Messi was at the same age, Messi’s former Barcelona teammate Ludovic Giuly has said.
Giuly played for Barca between 2004 and 2007, watching Messi develop from a La Masia graduate into a superstar.
Mbappe, 18, who joined Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco this summer in a deal potentially worth €180 million, has been tipped to become one of the game’s greatest players.
And former France international Giuly, who also played for PSG, told Le Parisien: “Mbappe is more professional than Messi at the same age. He knows how to handle his body better.
“Leo had a lot of problems with his health as he was growing. It was more difficult for him. Kylian has the advantage of knowing himself better and being able to recover better.
“The club kept him out of the limelight for two years and he burst onto the scene at 17 in Barcelona.
“With Kylian, it’s the same thing. He has huge potential. He has everything it takes to be a great. He’s professional, and he has the right mentality. He made the right choice to join PSG in order to grow.”
Ian is ESPN’s French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman