Kylian Mbappe has outranked Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar as the most valuable player in the world, says former Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho.
Mbappe joined PSG on loan in summer 2017, with a compulsory purchase price of €180m set for summer 2018.
The eventual fee saw him become the second-most-expensive player of all time, but Mourinho told beIN Sports on Monday that the Frenchman is top of the charts:
“For a player like Mbappe, when you speak about the future, you don’t need to say what he’s going to be like in five years’ time, in 10 years’ time. Just focus on now. He’s absolutely incredible.
“I think going by his age and [and considering] the age of Cristiano, of Messi, [both] over 30, Neymar is 27… when you go to the market level and age is also a factor, I think he’s the most valuable player in the world.
“In a hypothetical transfer, he’s the most expensive player in football now.
“In terms of his qualities, [he is] unbelievable. One word is enough. It means everything.”
The 20-year-old is contracted at the Parc des Princes until the summer of 2022 and boasts a sizeable cabinet of individual and team trophies, despite still being at the beginning of his career.
He scored four goals for France as they ran to a 2018 FIFA World Cup triumph in Russia.