Giuly: 'Mbappé is more pro than young Messi'
Former Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona star Ludovic Giuly believes Kylian Mbappé is “more professional” than Lionel Messi was at the same age.
Giuly played for Barça between 2004 and 2007, winning the UEFA Champions League with the blaugrana before losing his place to the then-teenage Messi.
Mbappe, 18, who joined PSG from Monaco this summer, has had an equally meteoric rise, winning the Ligue 1 Conforama title last term and earning himself his first senior caps for France prior to making the switch to the capital.
He has hit the ground running at the Parc des Princes, helping PSG move three points clear of his former club at the top of the table, and Giuly believes Mbappe has what it takes to join Messi as one of the game’s greats.
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“Mbappe is more professional than Messi at the same age. He knows how to handle his body better. Leo had a lot of problems with his health as he was growing. It was more difficult for him. Kylian has the advantage of knowing himself better and being able to recover better,” explained Giuly, who played for both PSG and Monaco after starting his career with Olympique Lyonnais, his hometown club.
“The club kept him out of the limelight for two years and he burst onto the scene at 17 in Barcelona. Kylian, it’s the same thing. He has huge potential. He has everything it takes to be a great. He’s professional, has the right mentality. He made the right choice to join PSG in order to grow.”