Jose Mourinho says opponents are ‘afraid’ of Kylian Mbappe like they were of Ronaldo Nazario


Kylian Mbappe scored his fifth Ligue 1 goal of the season as his Paris Saint-Germain fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at Dijon on Friday.

The 20-year-old striker is the top scorer for Thomas Tuchel’s side this campaign with eight goals in all competitions.

Following a four-match dry spell between mid-August and early October, Mbappe has now found the net seven times in his last four outings.

There’s no question the France international is full of confidence right now as he seeks to better the career-best haul of 39 goals he produced last term.

Given his incredibly consistent form in front of goal, perhaps a lack of major silverware is the only impediment to his case for being among the frontrunners for the 2019 Ballon d’Or.

Despite all Mbappe has achieved at such a young age, he needs to win either of the two most prestigious individual awards in world football to reach the next tier of elite players.

Many people rightfully predict the former AS Monaco starlet will eventually reach the same status as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, according to Jose Mourinho, Mbappe has something special that even sets him apart from those two.

The Portuguese tactician claims the PSG superstar is the only player who has the same fear factor the Brazilian Ronaldo was revered for.


“Mbappe's qualities are absolutely incredible,” he told Telefoot, per Goal.

“His playing style, what he can do in a football game, it's really special.

“And you have to be really special and have unique qualities [in football]. When you look at the specificity of his qualities, he is really different from other players.

“The only player that comes to my memory [to compare] is Ronaldo Nazario. They are players with unique qualities. When you play against them, you are afraid.”

For a striker, being compared to El Fenomeno is arguably the highest praise one can receive - and it’s especially telling when it comes from one of the most successful managers in recent history.

Given the ongoing reports linking both of them with Real Madrid, it’s far from unrealistic to imagine Mourinho and Mbappe eventually crossing paths in a professional capacity.

If Florentino Perez truly wants to have them working together at the Santiago Bernabeu, you can be sure it will probably happen at some point.

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