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Thierry Henry has brilliant response to Kylian Mbappe comparisons

Kylian Mbappe has earned comparisons to Thierry Henry during his rise to footballing stardom, but the Arsenal icon had a hilarious response to those suggestions.

Both are French and have shone for their national side, both are electric on the left wing and can play through the middle.

Mbappe has often been seen as the natural heir to Henry’s throne as the best French attacker of his generation, and has proved his credentials on the world stage by helping France win the 2018 World Cup.

On that occasion, he scored in the final – the first teenager to do so since Pele in 1958 – and was named Best Young Player of the tournament.

Henry, on the other hand, has five French Player of the Year wins, the most in history, though Mbappe was the winner on the last two occasions the award was handed out.

However, the formal Arsenal man believes it’s wrong to compare the 22-year-old with himself.

Kylian Mbappe has shone for club and country and has earned comparisons between himself and Thierry Henry

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Speaking to UMM, Henry explained he’s just happy Mbappe is French, and doesn’t believe in comparing the youngster to himself.

“I don’t like to compare different players and different eras.

“I think he’s the king of his own kingdom.

“I had my time, he’s having his time. I’m just happy he’s French!

“He’s the king of his own kingdom and I love that about him.

“He’s a great player and I support him.”

Mbappe has earned comparisons to Thierry Henry during his rise to footballing stardom
Mbappe has earned comparisons to Thierry Henry during his rise to footballing stardom

Mbappe is currently away with the French side ahead of the European Championships, a tournament France are among the favourites for.

But speaking this week, he expressed he doesn’t believe he deserves to be put on the same pedestal as Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

He said: “Those players are incomparable. They have broken all laws of statistics. They have had 10 extraordinary years, 15.”

Away from the pitch, Mbappe’s future is still very much up in the air.

The forward has just one year to run on his current PSG contract, and it’s been widely reported that it’s unlikely he’ll sign an extension.

PSG chiefs have made securing the futures of Neymar and Mbappe their top priority, with the former already secured until 2025 on a bumper new contract.

Neymar has signed a new contract until 2025 but PSG chiefs are still sweating over Mbappe's future
Neymar has signed a new contract until 2025 but PSG chiefs are still sweating over Mbappe’s future

But after news of Carlo Ancelotti returning to Real Madrid was confirmed, rumours began circling that the Spanish giants would sign Mbappe for him.

Florentino Perez is a keen admirer of the forward, but stated that big signings were unlikely this summer due to the financial crisis the club is in.

Madrid were one of the three teams behind the ill-fated European Super League, with a large portion of the reasoning behind it being guaranteed economic stability for all involved.




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