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'Mbappe is already a phenomenon!' - Neymar backs PSG team-mate for greatness

14:30 GMT 28/03/2019
Kylian Mbappe Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain 2018-19
The Brazil international believes his fellow forard is already an incredible player and will have an illustrious career at the top

Neymar believes that Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe is already a "phenomenon" and will go onto be one of the biggest names in world football.

Mbappe has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top since his breakout season with Monaco in 2016-17, winning Ligue 1 twice - soon to be three times - and the World Cup, even scoring in the final. 

He has amassed a staggering 31 goals and 15 assists in all competitions from just 35 appearances this season, including 26 goals and eight assists in 23 Ligue 1 games.

Both Neymar and Edinson Cavani - the other two members of PSG's first-choice front three - have endured spells out with injury, but Mbappe shouldered the added responsibility without batting an eyelid.

And Brazil international Neymar was full of praise for his young team-mate, who he feels can improve even further.

"For me, right now [Mbappe]'s already a phenomenon, he can have a great career and become even better than he already is," Neymar said in an exclusive interview with DAZN  and Goal .

"I have no doubt about it that he will become one of the biggest names in world football. He is a calm person, happy, full of joy, always ready to joke around. Obviously, he's still a 'kid' and has to gain more experience."

Both Neymar and Mbappe have regularly been linked with a big-money moves to Real Madrid, and those rumours have gathered pace - particularly in Mbappe's case - following the reappointment of Frenchman Zinedine Zidane.

Mbappe has previously made no secret of his admiration for Los Blancos but ended up joining PSG from Monaco ahead of the 2017-18 season.

PSG are 20 points clear of second-placed Lille in Ligue 1 with a game in hand, though it has been suggested that Mbappe may have already outgrown the French side and could benefit from moving to a more competitive league.

Additionally, PSG's continued inability to mount a serious challenge for the Champions League trophy could see the young France international's head turned by a club with a far more illustrious record in the competition.