Forget Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiémoué Bakayoko believes Kylian Mbappe is the best player in the world after starring for France at the World Cup.
Mbappe was crowned young player of the tournament and scored in the final as France equalled their 1998 heroics with a 4-2 win over Croatia in the final.
Still only a teenager, Mbappe managed feats only bettered by Brazilian legend Pele in Russia and is clearly destined to dominate football in years to come.
For his former Monaco teammate and fellow Frenchman Bakayoko, Mbappe’s rise comes as no shock and believes he’s already snatched the coveted crown of world’s best from Messi and Ronaldo.
“I’m not surprised, he’s very young but he’s very mature,” Bakayoko told Goal in Perth.
“He’s a very intelligent player and I think with his characteristics he’s the best player in the world.
“Don’t forget he’s very young and it’s not easy to play against the older players and to be so quick on the pitch.”
Bakayoko’s praise comes shortly after French defender Raphael Varane described Mbappe as an ‘alien’ and a player who understands instructions before they are fully explained.
As Mbappe and France marched to glory in Russia, Bakayoko was forced to watch on from home.
Despite missing out on selection, he was left impressed by his nation’s performance and is particularly happy for his club teammates.
“I think we played very well throughout and I’m very happy for Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante,” he said.
Chelsea and Bakayoko are preparing for their first pre-season match in Australia against Perth Glory with new coach Maurizio Sarri at the helm.
The former Napoli coach replaced Antonio Conte and promises to bring with him a more attacking brand of football.
Something Bakayoko backed up after his first few training sessions under Sarri.
“He’s a very good coach,” he said.
“He wants to play football, he never wants to play long balls.
“He just wants to attack the goal, score a lot of goals and play an offensive game.”