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."