‘He will make a mark in the history of football’: Gianluigi Buffon heaps praise on new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe after he starred with France at the World Cup
- Gianluigi Buffon believes Kylian Mbappe is on course to become an all-time great
- Mbappe became the second teenager to score in the World Cup final after Pele
- He became the second most expensive signing of all time after his PSG switch
- The 19-year-old scored 21 times in 44 appearances for PSG last season
Gianluigi Buffon has claimed that Kylian Mbappe is capable of achieving legendary status in football and is on course to become one of the all-time greats.
The Italian goalkeeper heaped praise on his new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate following his heroics in Russia, where he became the second teenager to score in the World Cup final to help France lift football’s greatest prize.
The 19-year-old also became the second most expensive player of all time after completing his massive £166million move from Monaco, in which he scored 21 times and made 15 assists in his debut season for PSG.
Kylian Mbappe can be one of the all-time greats after World Cup success, says Gianluigi Buffon
The veteran goalkeeper has heaped massive amounts of praise on his new Paris Saint-Germain
KYLIAN MBAPPE’S CAREER SO FAR
Accolades: Ligue 1 champion: 2016-17
Accolades: Ligue 1 champion: 2017-18
Coupe de France: 2017-18
Coupe de la Ligue: 2017-18
Accolades: World Cup winner: 2018
FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award: 2018
And Buffon has recognised that his new team-mate is destined for great things following his electric start to his career.
Buffon faced Mbappe in the 2016-17 Champions League semi-finals and recalls the teenager’s brilliant performance for Monaco in Turin.
‘When I spoke [after the match] with Andrea Barzagli, who is one of my great friends, he told me “Gigi, in 20 years of my career I have rarely seen a player run so fast with the ball, I had a hard time stopping him”,’ Buffon told PSG’s official club magazine.
‘These words are not insignificant because Barzagli, when he is focused and fit, is really a top defender.
‘It’s obvious [Mbappe] has something more than others. I hope he will remain humble and keep this desire to progress and make sacrifices.
‘If so, he will make a mark in the history of football and write incredible pages of the sport.’
The Frenchman returned to the Ligue 1 champions on Monday following some time off after his successful World Cup campaign.
Thomas Tuchel could name both Buffon and Mbappe in the starting XI for the first time when they kick off their league title defence against Caen at home on Sunday.
Mbappe, then for Monaco, scored past Buffon in the 2016-17 Champions League semi-final
The 19-year-old scored 21 goals in 44 appearances in his debut season for Paris Saint-Germain