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Kylian Mbappe is already France’s best player and can go on to make history after signing his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain, according to Ronaldinho.
Mbappe signed a new three-year contract with the Ligue 1 champions last week, rejecting public advances from Real Madrid in a huge transfer move to the Champions League finalists.
The World Cup-winning striker scored 39 goals and added 21 assists in a remarkable individual season with PSG as Mauricio Pochettino’s side claimed a 10th league title in club history. club.
The 23-year-old is already the second highest Ligue 1 goalscorer in PSG history, scoring 171 goals in 217 league appearances for the Parisian giants – only Edinson Cavani (200 goals in 301 games) has more.
Former PSG star Ronaldinho, who scored 25 goals in two seasons with the club before leaving for Barcelona in 2003, said Mbappe already surpassed teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar.
However, Ronaldinho also insisted that PSG could have coped had the French star left for Madrid, highlighting the quality of his teammates.
“Right now, from the future… he’s a player who could go down in history,” he told Mail Online. “He deserves all the respect he receives. He writes history and can continue to create happiness for us in this game.
“Today, he is the best player at PSG. If he went elsewhere, it would only be to have the chance to be the best player in another country. He is already the best in France.
“Paris Saint-Germain currently have some of the best players in the world – Messi, Neymar, Sergio Ramos.
“Some of the best players in the world are part of this team. So if one of the best players in the world leaves, other best players will continue in their place.”
Meanwhile, Ronaldinho’s former Barcelona team-mate Messi has had a mixed first season in France, registering 11 goals and 14 assists in all competitions but laughing at his own fans following the defeat to March in the Champions League against Madrid.
However, Ronaldinho insists the Argentine is happy in Paris, pointing to his 2021 Ballon d’Or win as proof of his continued quality.
The former Camp Nou star also insists that Barcelona will recover from Messi’s departure and return to the top of the game under Xavi’s guidance, backing the Blaugrana boss to create another ‘beautiful’ squad.
“If my friend is happy, it’s the right decision, and I think he’s very happy,” Ronaldinho said of Messi. “He is going through a period of adaptation, but he has already been voted the best player in the world.
“People said they were surprised when I left Barcelona and when Messi left. But Barcelona continue to be Barcelona.
“Things change in football, naturally. Now the hierarchy of the club has to bring in new talented players to continue to be successful.
“They already have a great manager who has a base in the history of the club. So the club can start its reconstruction with this manager to create a great team. Now they have to give the manager the opportunity to build a great team.
“It won’t be easy. They need a bit more time to build a team based on the best players. But I think the players are happy to play for one of the best teams in the world.”