Paul Pogba has lavished his colleague Kylian Mbappe with praise and admitted that the 19-year-old has far more talent than he possessed when he was his age.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker scored twice and produced an all-around awesome display as France win Argentina 4-3 to seal their spot in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Mbappe earned rave reviews as he tore apart Argentina’s defense and speaking after the game, Pogba told reporters that he was overwhelmed by the performance of a player six years his junior.
‘Kylian has much more talent than I have,’ Pogba said via Goal.
‘Do you see what he is doing at his age? No, I never had his talent.
‘He has so much speed… he’s a forward, he can’t be compared with me,’ Pogba added after Mbappe’s superb display in Kazan saw France set up a quarter-final meeting with Uruguay.
At Mbappe’s age, Pogba had just finished a move to Juventus from Manchester United and did not make his France debut until a year later at the age of 20. Mbappe on the other hand already has 19 international caps for France and seven goals since making his debut as an 18-year-old.
It was Mbappe’s run that led to France’s opener as his blazing pace saw him expose Argentina’s defense before he was brought down in the box by Marcos Rojo.
Mbappe then scored his first and France’s third, when he reacted brilliantly to a rebound by shifting feet and firing home from close range.