Lionel messi stay on best player in the world in the eyes of Ander Herrera and the midfielder expects Kylian MbappÃ© to dominate world football “for many years to come”.
PSG summer reinforcements
Messi ended a glorious 21-year association with Barcelona amid well-documented financial difficulties for the Catalan club as they moved to Parc des Princes on a free transfer in August. Argentina international finds Neymar form a formidable frontline with Kylian MbappÃ©, while Mauricio Pochettino also brought Sergio ramos, Achraf Hakimi, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Georginio wijnaldum.
Paris Saint Germain, driven by their new palette of attacking talents, have a 13-point lead at the top of Ligue 1, although Messi has yet to fully shoot as he continues to settle in France. He has scored 672 times in 778 appearances for his former club, but only found the net six times for PSG in all competitions – on average one goal every 219 minutes.
However, Herrera still believe that Messi is comfortably the best player in the world and insisted that Pochettino’s side were learning to adapt around the striker, such is the quality of the 34-year-old.
“Messi level players shorten acclimatization time”, Herrera Recount Mundo Deportivo. “He’ll play the same way in France, Spain, Japan or Madagascar. He won his seventh Ballon d’Or and is training and having fun like he’s only starting to play now. No action from training isn’t taken as a joke Sometimes we’ve seen the best version of Leo before, though. [Manchester] City at home, but I think it is also the responsibility of all those around him. We must put ourselves at his service to get the best out of him. Normally, regular players have to adapt to a new environment. Now it’s the other way around because we’re talking about the best footballer in history. “
MbappÃ© eclipsed Messi so far, the French international manager 15 goals – scoring every 134 minutes – and 12 assists in all competitions in the current season. Indeed, since the 23-year-old scored on his PSG debut on September 8, 2017, against Metz, only three players – Robert lewandowski (208), Messi (168) and Cristiano Ronaldo (157) – achieved more goals in the top five European leagues in all competitions than MbappÃ© (147).
Corn Herrera believe Messi still has the advantage MbappÃ©, who the Spain international says will dominate football for years to come. “Kylian will be the best player in the world for many years to come, but we all agree that Leo is number one,” Herrera added. “Without a doubt. Mbappe has immense humility and a desire to learn from Leo.”
A new contract for MbappÃ© has also been at the forefront of most talks, with Real Madrid preparing a move for the ex-Monegasque, whose current contract expires at the end of the season. Madrid were denied several advances for MbappÃ© in the last transfer window, although they could open contract negotiations with the PSG striker in January if a new deal with his current club is not reached.
Corn Herrera remain convinced that MbappÃ© will stay alongside Pochettino. “It is possible to try to renew Mbappe,” he said. “We have many examples of footballers who did it in February, March or April. There is still time. He is an open, sympathetic and funny guy. We do not put pressure on our future at all. I no kidding., we’re not talking about the contractual issues of anyone in the locker room. “
Ramos’ difficulties in 2021
Former enemies of the ClÃ¡sico but now teammates, Ramos also followed Messi as he ended a long-standing association with Madrid to move to Paris. However, the center-back was hampered by injuries and received a red card in his third outing for his new side against Lorient on Wednesday, but Herrera expects his compatriot to become a key figure.
“Sure [It has not been easy for him]”He said of Ramos.” He’s used to feeling important, playing and leading. But he’s been training for a couple of weeks now at a fantastic level and we’re optimistic. It shows in his character and in the happiness he exudes. “
With Ramos and Messi among a depth of talent on the books of PSG, Herrera understands that there is more pressure on PSG now to win the Champions League, although he feels Madrid are favorites for their Champions League last 16 games early 2022.
“We want to win the Champions League and we will try,” he added. “There is no doubt about it. But just because we have Messi does not mean that we are entitled to more than everyone else. We understand that people expect the best from us, but in Europe there are eight or ten other teams with the same chances of winning. A club which has 13 titles in the Champions League, against one which has not yet been European champion, must be a small favorite. “