Pele is your favourite attacking player’s favourite attacking player, if not your favourite player’s favourite player period. And the Brazilian legend has finally conceded the name of the player that he thinks is the heir to him.
According to the man himself, “Mbappe can become my heir, and I’m not kidding,” the Brazilian maestro said to La Gazzetta dello Sport, cited by MARCA.
“I can see a lot of myself in his ability to play with speed. He’s an attacker who thinks quickly.
“When the ball arrives, he already knows what to do, he already has in his mind where to go and how to guide the game to find the best solution. These are important characteristics in today’s football.”
There are certain comparisons to be understood when you think of the two players side by side. Both of them are fast, clinical attackers who are not only quick decision makers but are also extremely skilled in the ball.
Moreover, until Kylian Mbappe’s 2018 World Cup final goal against Croatia, Pele was the only teenager to have ever scored in the final of the prestigious tournament. Mbappe recently managed to become the first player in over a decade to score a hat-trick at Camp Nou.
The Frenchman is marked as the most valuable player in the world, and is rightfully so. The potential and the talent that he shows at 22 is unbelievable and it is only fitting that Pele recognises this talent when it is in bloom.