PSG Legend Warns Mbappe of a Drop in Goals After Messi's Arrival

Mudeet Arora
PSG legend Pauleta believes Messi's arrival will see a drop in Mbappe's goal count
PSG legend Pauleta believes Messi's arrival will see a drop in Mbappe's goal count / 90min

Paris Saint-Germain great Pauleta believes that the arrival of Lionel Messi at the club may see a drop in goals for Kylian Mbappe.

Moreover, he intended that Mbappe should even accept scoring fewer goals than he used to at the club.

Messi, who has won the Ballon d'Or a record six times joined the French giants from Barcelona this summer and formed a dream partnership alongside Mbappe and Neymar.

Speaking to Ligue 1's official website, Pauleta, who score 109 goals for PSG spoke about Mbappe and said, "He will have to adapt.

"But he will grow a lot with Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain. If he has the intelligence to move well, taking advantage of the spaces created by Messi and Neymar, he will often find himself in a good situation thanks to their quality of passing and he will therefore be able to score many goals. 

"The fact that he can play either on the side or in the middle will be an asset. That said, there is always a risk that one of the three will score less. If that's the case for Kylian, he'll have to accept it."

Pauleta added, "If Paris Saint-Germain had won a Champions League since Neymar and Kylian's arrival, everyone would say they're a perfect duo. But because they didn't win it, it makes sense that there is criticism.

"But I think they get along well. They are two players with a lot of qualities who like to have the ball even though they have different styles. They are complementary. I hope they will succeed in forming a formidable trio with Lionel Messi."