'Messi remains the best player in the world despite Mbappe's emergence,' claims Pochettino

Arjun Singh Devgan
Mbappe and Messi currently play for PSG
Mbappe and Messi currently play for PSG / FRANCK FIFE/GettyImages

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated that Argentina icon, Lionel Messi remains the best player in the world despite recent suggestions that France striker, Kylian Mbappe might be taking over the mantle from him.

Messi who moved to PSG last summer amid great fanfare has failed to recapture the form that has made him arguably the greatest player in the history of the sport. Mbappe meanwhile has become the fulcrum of the current side and has been brilliant this season as seen by the impact he has had so far.

"Messi is the best in the world with seven Ballon d'Or trophies, then we have great players who aspire to be the best. Kylian Mbappe's form speaks for itself. He's among those players who are the best and who are shining brightest," he said at a press conference.

Ahead of their second leg Champions League clash against Real Madrid, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding the future of Mbappe, considering that many believe that he will move to the Bernabeu next season.

Pochettino for his part does not believe that the Frenchman would let such speculation affect him as he is "mature beyond his years".

"We're relaxed about Kylian, let's be clear about that. He's mature beyond his years, he wants to be in the picture and represent the colours he's wearing. I have no worries about Kylian. His performance won't be affected by everything happening around about him," the Argentine added.