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The Rennes forward is proud to count the Swedish striker as one of his rivals in Ligue 1, regarding him on a par with the Barcelona forward and Real Madrid winger

Mevlut Erding has claimed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the "three best players" in the world, alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Swede grabbed all the headlines in the summer after leaving AC Milan to join the cash-rich capital club in a blockbuster €20 million deal, and has made a stunning start to life at the Parc des Princes with five goals in his first four games.

Erding, who played for PSG between 2009 and 2012, was part of the exodus following the club's Qatari takeover last summer, but he nonetheless proceeded to shower praise of the highest order on his fellow striker.

"He is one of the three best players in the world, alongside [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo," the Turkey international told France Football.

"We are lucky to have him in Ligue 1. What impresses me [most about him] is his poise and confidence, he is 200 per cent assured, and this is the main strength he has in addition to others."

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