Spain and Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has heaped immense praise on Paris Saint-Germain's French superstar Kylian Mbappe in his recent interview with Spanish daily El Pais. He also handed in a few words of advise to the young forward.


Xavi was asked in an interview with Ligue 1's ​official website if Mbappe has more potential than any other player behind Lionel Messi to which the Spaniard replied, "​I think there will be a while after Messi and Cristiano [Ronaldo] when Neymar will be the reference point."


The World Cup winner continued speaking about Neymar and Mbappe, "Especially as he is Brazilian; Brazil have every chance of making it to a World Cup final. The Neymar era will last three or four years, and then Mbappé's time will come. He has mad potential. And he is still young; he's only 19. He is a monster."




However, the Barca great still had a few words of advice for Mbappe as he said, "I think that talent beats physical gifts. Neymar is like Messi: talent and physicality. I think that Mbappé has more physical gifts than talent." 


Xavi further explained as he likened the youngster to Arsenal great Henry, "Players who have been truly gifted have both: Maradona, Pelé, Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar. Mbappé has talent too, but I see him as more of a [Thierry] Henry."


On the improvements side, Xavi suggested, "Mbappé needs to improve numerous things in terms of his understanding of the game. Because, when he was a kid, he didn't need to think; he made the difference thanks to his power and pace. I would like to see Mbappé up against a defence like that of Atlético Madrid. The way I see things, right now Neymar is the better player."