Former Brazil star Rivaldo believes Paris Saint-Germain youngster Kylian Mbappe can only hit the levels of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi if he moves to either La Liga or the Premier League.
The youngster, who had a breakout season in 2015-16 at Monaco, is regarded as one of the finest youngsters in modern soccer world and has been tipped for a great future by many.
He has excelled for both club and country in the last two seasons, including winning the World Cup with the French national team.
Despite his achievements and talents, Rivaldo believes he can only hit the highest levels away from the French Ligue 1, where he turns out for PSG.
"There's no doubt Mbappe has the qualities to become one of the best in the world, as he is playing great football and has huge potential," Rivaldo told Betfair.
"He would be able to develop his talent by playing in La Liga or the Premier League. Ligue 1 is clearly below the competitive level of Spain or England,"
"With all due respect to PSG, I believe he must leave for a Spanish or big English team in the future to confirm himself as the heir to Messi or Ronaldo. The best players need to play in the best leagues,"
"But I think it would be tough for Barcelona to sign him in the future, as he is very expensive due to his young age, world champion status and natural ability that makes him one of the biggest prospects in the world of football,"
The 20-year-old has been courted by some of the top clubs in Europe, with Real Madrid and Barcelona thought to be interested in his signature.
Mbappe has in the past indicated he will not renew his contract with PSG once it expires at the end of next season, clearing the way for a move abroad.
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