Andros Townsend has hailed Paris Saint-Germain famous person Kylian Mbappe as a ‘particular participant’, a ‘scary expertise’ and the second-coming of Brazilian nice Ronaldo.
However the Crystal Palace ace induced controversy on talkSPORT on Wednesday morning as he named the World Cup winner as one of the best footballer on the planet in the intervening time, whereas leaving Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo out of his high three!
Mbappe is the main target of the soccer world after placing Messi within the shade by scoring an excellent hat-trick in opposition to Barcelona, main PSG to a thumping 4-1 victory within the Champions League last-16.
After the sport, followers and pundits have questioned whether or not the 22-year-old Frenchman has lastly usurped Messi and Ronaldo as one of the best participant on the planet.
And Townsend made it clear what camp he’s in now, because the Premier League star instructed Messi and Ronaldo’s reign on the high of the sport is over.
“Mbappe is a particular, particular participant,” he informed the talkSPORT Breakfast.
“I bear in mind when he first got here by means of, the criticism was he’s simply fast and he’s bought no substance to his recreation, however now you’re beginning to see a well-rounded participant.
“He’s actually bought every thing.
“He jogs my memory of R9 [Ronaldo, the Brazilian one]; how sharp he’s, how good a finisher he’s, how composed he’s.
“It’s scary that he’s solely a younger child and he’s nonetheless bought ten-plus years on the high degree.”
The Palace ace was then tasked with naming his top-three footballers on the planet proper now… and it’s truthful to say he struggled, as he modified his thoughts about ten minutes later.
There was one widespread thread in each his picks, although – neither featured Messi or Ronaldo…
“It’s unhappy to say as a result of I grew up with Messi and Ronaldo, however for me in the intervening time I can’t put them in my high three.
“I’m going to go: three, Kevin De Bruyne, two, Neymar, one, Kylian Mbappe.
“5 or ten years in the past, Ronaldo and Messi used to completely dominate video games, management video games and take video games by the scruff of the neck.
“Now, in fact, they’re of their 30s; they’re nonetheless hitting unbelievable numbers however they’re not controlling video games as they as soon as have been.
“Age will get to everybody, and it’s simply not the identical.”
After getting a little bit of stick from listeners, Andros was later given a chance to vary his choice, and admitted he made a mistake (he bottled it, mainly) by naming two injured gamers.
So right here’s what he got here up with as a substitute…
“I can tinker with it, however it’s most likely solely going to get extra controversial!
“In no explicit order this time, I’m going Mbappe, Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah – that’s my high three gamers on the planet proper now.”
What do you make of that?