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Steve McManaman Hails Kylian Mbappe as the Rightful Heir to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's Throne

Mudeet Arora
Kylian Mbappe has the capability to become an all-time great
Kylian Mbappe has the capability to become an all-time great / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has been branded as the 'rightful heir' to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by Liverpool legend Steve McManaman.

Messi and Ronaldo have established themselves as two of the greatest ever in history after achieving almost everything there is to achieve as a footballer.

Meanwhile, Mbappe, 22, has already been taking up the mantle from the two legends. The French World Cup winner has been in sensational form this season, and scored twice on Wednesday as PSG came up with a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

And McManaman believes Mbappe will claim Messi and Ronaldo's throne sooner rather than later. But first, McManaman believes he will have to move away from PSG.

"I don't know whether he can keep improving at PSG," McManaman said.

He added, "I think he's an incredible, incredible footballer. He's the rightful heir to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's throne, which is going to happen now or next year. His numbers are fantastic. I just don't know whether he needs to leave and go to a more accomplished team, not just a team littered with a couple of stars but a really compact group of individuals to take him to the next level."

McManaman concluded, "Maybe it's a bit strange saying that, seeing what he's achieved already. But I feel if he went to a team like Bayern he could really excel and kick on again, and get to the numbers to usurp a Lionel Messi."