Arsene Wenger has backed Kylian Mbappe to overtake Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to become the best player in the world.
Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the world stage for over a decade but both players are now heading towards careers.
And the former Arsenal manager believes Mbappe, who has scored 90 goals in 120 games for Paris Saint-Germain, will be the next top star in world football.
‘Lionel Messi… we’ve never seen players like that who can absolutely be creative in any tight situation,’ Wenger told talkSPORT.
‘These players are now getting to an end – Ronaldo and Messi.
‘It’s now about the next geenration and the next generation may be French. At the moment, the leader could be Mbappe. Of course Neymar, we know.
‘But England I believe has a good chance. Now they are doing very well at youth level.
‘They have done well with Gareth Southgate at the World Cup. I was hoping at the European Championship they would be one of the contenders.’
Meanwhile, former Arsenal boss Unai Emery is reluctant to suggest Mbappe will dominate the Ballon d’Or podium for years to come.
‘I do not know if it will be Mbappe for the Ballon d’Or,’ the Spaniard said in an interview with AS.
‘He certainly has the age, abilities and talent to reach that level, but I do not dare to suggest it so categorically.’
Mbappe has been on Real Madrid’s transfer shortlist for several years and Emery believes the 21-year-old would be a hit in La Liga.
‘Of course he has the ability to mark an era in Madrid,’ said Emery.
‘When I was in France I loved that he was there because I enjoyed it; When I went to England, I would have liked him to play in the Premier and if I return to Spain, I want him to be here.
‘We are lucky to have and export the two best teams in the world, which are Real Madrid and Barcelona, and I would like them to continue having the best players in the world.’
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