Jose Mourinho has backed Kylian Mbappe to become the dominant force in world football as the remarkable careers of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo come to an end.
Messi and Ronaldo have established an era of unprecedented supremacy in the beautiful game since the mid-2000s, winning an astonishing ten Ballons d’Or between them since 2008.
Juventus striker Ronaldo is the second-highest scorer in history with 772 goals and is also Real Madrid’s top scorer, having won five incredible Champions League trophies.
Messi, meanwhile, is Barcelona’s all-time top scorer with 744 goals and has broken dozens of La Liga records in his 17 years of football.
Mourinho believes Mbappe, who has already scored 163 remarkable goals at just 22, is the man destined to regain the greats’ dominance in football.
“When you have Mbappe by your side it’s very hard not to win, it’s a lot easier to win,” Mourinho told talkSPORT of the PSG electric leader.
“He is one of those players who win games, scare their opponents, push the opposition to change their approach because of his qualities.
“With Messi and Ronaldo arriving in their late 30s, I think he’s next.”
Mourinho also praised Blues coach Didier Deschamps for the way he handled the expectations of the national team that led them to a World Cup triumph in 2018.
“Didier was a very good coach at club level, then he went to the national team with all his experience and his values, I think he’s a fantastic coach for the national team,” added The Special One.
“He’s not afraid of big decisions and isn’t afraid of tough decisions or even a decision the public wouldn’t like.
“He doesn’t care that Giroud doesn’t play for Chelsea, he still plays him. He does not care [Karim] Benzema plays wonderfully for Real Madrid. He does not select it.
“He knows exactly what he wants and he is very well respected in the country. If I had to say a team to win it, I would say their group of players is fantastic.
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