Jose Mourinho believes that the World Cup winning forward should be considered the most valuable player in football at the moment.
Mourinho has individuated the PSG forward Kylian Mbappe as the player more valuable than the two superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said his age and “incredible” ability gives him an advantage over the other two forwards.
Mbappe, who won the 2018 Russia World Cup with the French National team at just 19 years of age, has scored 30 goals in 34 appearances this season across all competitions.
He’s also been voted for the Ballon d’Or this season and ranked fourth behind Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronald and compatriot Antoine Griezmann.
The Portuguese manager thinks age is on Mbappe’s side and believes he can top the world record fee set by Neymar if he had to leave PSG.
“For a player like Mbappe, when you speak about the future, you don’t need to say what he’s going to be like in five years’ time, in 10 years’ time,” Mourinho said to beIN Sports.
“Just focus on now. He’s absolutely incredible.
“I think going by his age and considering the age of Cristiano, Messi, both over 30, Neymar is 27… when you go to the market level and age is also a factor, I think he’s the most valuable player in the world.
“In a hypothetical transfer, he’s the most expensive player in football now.
“In terms of his qualities, he is unbelievable. One word is enough. It means everything.”
The former Monaco forward opened the score on Sunday in the Le Classique against Marseille and is now with the French National squad ahead of the two Euro 2020 qualifier fixtures against Moldova and Iceland.
Mbappe also received comments of appreciation of talent from France manager Didier Deschamps saying he thinks the ability to cope with certain situations enables the 20-year old to improve further.
Player of the Month ✔️🏆 pic.twitter.com/wglIxXrS26
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) March 17, 2019
“He has such abilities that he may face some tough challenges on the pitch. He’s ready to deal with that kind of thing,” Deschamps said.
“I cannot say that he had disproportionate reactions so far. He reacts because it’s never pleasant.
“He deals well with those situations though. He’s used to it. It’s something he has experienced since the beginning of his career and he will be subjected to this his entire career because of what he’s able to do on the pitch.”