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Gary Lineker Backs Kylian Mbappe to Emulate Cristiano Ronaldo But Not Lionel Messi

Gary Lineker backs Kylian Mbappe to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo
Gary Lineker backs Kylian Mbappe to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo / Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Gary Lineker believes Kylian Mbappe has the capability to reach the same levels as Cristiano Ronaldo but added that Lionel Messi's talents put him on another level compared to anyone else.

The 22-year-old won the Golden Boot for the third time in a row in Ligue 1, and Lineker feels Mbappe, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, may need to make the move to Spain in order to further his career.

"Mbappe is already a global superstar who is most likely to jump in the shoes of Ronaldo, but not Messi - he can do things that others simply can't," Lineker told Goal.

"Talent-wise, there's no question. It's more about whether he has the same drive to sustain his career over 17, 19 years like the two of them (Ronaldo and Messi). It's quite remarkable and it takes something special to do that.

"Ability-wise, he could go on to do those things with big rumours about Real Madrid. Does he need to move on from PSG to realise his ambitions of greatness? Maybe, I don't know, but I don't think it will distract him from the tournament itself.

"It always is about the next generation. We saw it in the Champions League but I think it was more that Barcelona and Juventus have weak teams in transition at the moment. Messi, this calendar year, has scored more and got more assists than anyone else. Ronaldo is still banging in loads of goals. They are phenomenal.

"We saw Erling Haaland and Mbappe coming through in the Champions League and we will see it again at the Euros, with Mbappe. Hopefully, with one or two England lads like Phil Foden, Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho [also doing well].

"I love Sancho and I think people will be surprised how good he is without watching as much foreign football. I am excited about Jude Bellingham, Nicolo Barella as well. There's also a lot of quality within the France team."