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Kylian Mbappe says he is happy to see the Borussia Dortmund striker doing well and also points out he is only two years into his career at an elite level.

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PSG superstar, Kylian Mbappe has played down comparisons with Haaland insisting the football world is still “getting to know” the BVB striker.

Mbappe has solidified his reputation as the best young player of his generation since he joined PSG in 2017 from Monaco. He has taken his overall tally of career goals to 231 while also becoming a World Cup winner at the international level with France.

The 22-year-old is being touted as the favorite to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or after another stellar year at Parc des Princes. But, Haaland has emerged as a possible contender to having burst onto European football’s biggest stage at BVB over the past one-and-a-half seasons.

There are suggestions that Mbappe and Haaland will step up to replace Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo at the very top of the game when the GOATS retires. However, the Frenchman is distancing himself from a potential rivalry.

When asked if he compares himself to the Norwegian frontman, Mbappe said, “It’s his second year, we’re getting to know him. It’s the start for him. I’m happy for him, for what he’s doing”.

However, the France international went on to admit that he does measure his own abilities up against the best players in the game, which he believes is a healthy way to improve.

“You do always compare yourself with the best in your sport, just as the baker compares himself with the best bakers around him. Who makes the best croissant, the best pain au chocolate?”

“I watch matches of other great players to see what they’re doing. I know how to do this, but can the other guy do it too? I think other players watch me, too”.

“I think that pushes players to raise their game, just as Messi was good for Ronaldo and Ronaldo was good for Messi”.

 

 

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