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Kylian Mbappe reacts after quotes emerge of him saying he will be better than Lionel Messi

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Kylian Mbappe's meteoric rise continued at the 2018 Ballon d'Or awards on December 3 as he finished fourth in the rankings above Lionel Messi.

Last year the Frenchman came seventh, but following a season where he won the quadruple with Paris Saint-Germain and the World Cup with France, a higher rank was always likely.

Luka Modric was the deserved winner of the award but make no mistake, Mbappe is very much aware of who the two world's best players are: Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

He said as much ahead of the awards ceremony, stating: "If you take the player in the purest form, there's nobody better yet. This year they were again the best two.

"Messi finished the best goalscorer in Europe; Ronaldo was the top scorer in the Champions League.

"Nobody is doing better at the moment and we can't say it's the end of their era because it will only end when somebody else does better than them."

Given their respective ages, Messi (31) and Ronaldo (33) won't be the two world's best players for too much longer. It's a wonder who will be the first to overtake them.

Mbappe is widely tipped as a future Ballon d'Or winner while his PSG teammate, Neymar, is also near the top right now.

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Which leads nicely on to a strange development that occurred on social media on Sunday night involving Mbappe and some supposed comments he made about Messi recently.

In the tweet below, Mbappe apparently said he thinks he will be better than the Barcelona forward in three or four years' time.

"Messi is a very exceptional player, but I still think if I continue to work hard, I can be better than him in three or four years," the tweet reads. "Of course I respect him very much, he is a great player."

Football fans have been reacting to the tweet by slamming Mbappe and dismissing the idea that he can ever reach Messi's level, let alone in three of four years.

But now Mbappe has replied to the tweet saying it's absolute nonsense.

"I never said that," Mbappe hit back. "Messi have (sic) all my respect and my admiration."

Fair play to Mbappe for responding so quickly, because the tweet was causing quite the storm and it wasn't reflecting well on the 19-year-old at all.

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Kylian Mbappe
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Neymar
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Lionel Messi
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