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The only way PSG star Kylian Mbappe can reach Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo level, per former France striker

PSG, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Nicolas Anelka

PSG star Kylian Mbappe is labeled as one of the best young players in world football. However, he struggled immensely in Euro 2020, failing to score a goal while missing France’s final penalty in a shocking exit against Switzerland in the Round of 16.

Nevertheless, Kylian Mbappe is still full of talent and potential. But according to former France striker Nicolas Anelka, he needs to leave Paris if he ever wants to win numerous Ballon d’Ors like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“If you want the biggest accolades, you will have to move from PSG at some point.

“Whatever you will do in Paris will be good but somebody will always say, ‘Well, Kylian Mbappe did great for PSG but it was only in France. The best leagues are in England and Spain, so you didn’t compete with the best players in the best league’.

“You will have to decide. If you want to win the Ballon d’Or, which is what you should be looking at to echo Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, you will have to compete with the best.

“You can’t say you compete with the best all the time when you are at PSG. The French league is not easy, don’t get me wrong, but I think the toughest league is in England.

This could be part of the reason Kylian Mbappe isn’t sold on his future with PSG. He’s yet to put pen to paper on a new deal as he pinpoints what the next move will be. Anelka’s comments definitely make a whole lot of sense though. Ligue 1 isn’t exactly a super competitive league like England or Spain.

There’s no doubt that Mbappe could win a Ballon d’Or one day, but bagging 20+ goals each season in the Premier League or La Liga is going to prove a lot more than doing it in France.

Real Madrid has been keen on Kylian Mbappe for quite some time and continues to monitor his situation at the Parc des Princes. Perhaps, a move to the Spanish capital could be the best thing for his career in the long run. Nicolas Anelka would certainly approve.