Didier Deschamps: ‘Kylian Mbappe quicker than Ronaldo’

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Didier Deschamps: ‘Kylian Mbappe quicker than Ronaldo’

France coach Didier Deschamps has claimed that Kylian Mbappe is “even quicker” than Brazil legend Ronaldo and has tipped the teenager to “make a lot of progress” over the coming years.

The striker’s star has steadily risen since helping Monaco to the Ligue 1 title and the semi-finals of the Champions League in the 2016-17 campaign.

A nine-figure deal then saw Mbappe join Paris Saint-Germain and, after enjoying a sensational debut season under Unai Emery, the youngster has now taken his form to international level.

On Saturday, the 19-year-old scored twice as Les Bleus clinched an emphatic 4-3 win over Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup.

When asked by reporters after the game about comparisons between Mbappe and Ronaldo, Deschamps replied: “Ronaldo was a forward player who was very, very quick. I think Kylian is even quicker.

“But this is somebody who was a world champion compared to a young player who has lots of ability and qualities. He is only 19 years old and he will make a lot of progress.”

Mbappe’s two-goal haul against Argentina has made him the first teenager to score twice in a World Cup match since Pele managed the feat against Sweden in the 1958 final.