Kylian Mbappe has change of heart over Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi rivalry

Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has interestingly changed his stance on the iconic debate between PSG team mate Lionel Messi and Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo

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  • 11:38, 8 Dec 2021
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Paris Saint-Germain hitman Kylian Mbappe has claimed Lionel Mess i is “the best player in the world” in what appears to be an interesting change of heart.

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The mercurial Frenchman and the former Barcelona star both scored a brace in Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s dominant 4-1 victory against Club Brugge in the Champions League.

It was a completely different contest in comparison with the Parisians’ drab 1-1 draw against the Belgian giants, which saw Mbappe, Messi, and Neymar be deployed together for the first time.

However, Mbappe’s assertion that the Argentine was the best in the world was fascinating, as he has previously said Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo was the planet’s greatest footballer.

Yet, after four months of playing and training alongside the 2021 Ballon d’Or winner, it appears Mbappe has finally decided the little Argentine magician is head and shoulders above the rest.

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Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi both scored two goals for PSG against Club Burgge

“It's easy to play with Lionel Messi,” Mbappe said after the victory at the Parc des Princes.

“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."

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In an interview with Marca in February, Mbappe opened up on the difficulty he had deciding between Messi and Ronaldo, and even admitted he regularly chose the Portuguese star.

"From one year to the next, my choice changes between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi,” Mbappe said to Marca in February. Even if I have to admit to picking Ronaldo more often. I loved him when I was younger."

Mbappe also stated Ronaldo was one of his footballing idols when he was just a young boy growing up in Paris.

Mbappe has previously admitted to choosing Ronaldo as his choice over Messi

He opened up on his admiration before PSG’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid in 2017.

"Yes, of course. He is a hero from my childhood and it was amazing to meet him when I visited Valdebebas,” Mbappe said to Marca in 2017.

“But I am a competitor and a person who is very competitive and all I want to do is win, win, win.

“So it doesn't really matter who is in front of us, we want to win. I admired him when I was younger, but that ended.”

Mbappe’s future at the French giants is currently up in their amid a summer of interest from Real Madrid.

The Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo conversation is arguably the most vociferously debated rivalry in football history

The Frenchman was subject to two monstrous bid from the Spanish giants at the end of the recent summer transfer window, but remained in the French capital.

However, with his contract set to expire next summer, his days with the French giants appear numbered, despite PSG’s attempts to persuade him to stay.

The club are hoping their astonishing acquisition of Messi could help convince him to stay at the club, but this remains to be seen.

While Messi has often struggled in Ligue One, his Champions League performances have been magnificent this campaign.

The 34-year-old has five goals in five appearances in Europe’s elite competition, compared to one goal in nine appearances in the French league.

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