Three-time World Cup winner Pele has backed Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe to match his glittering career achievements.
Pele is widely considered to be one of the game’s greatest ever players having burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old at the 1968 World Cup, helping Brazil win the tournament for the first time.
Such sustained success still seems a long distance away for Mbappe who, at just 20, is still in the very infancy of his career.
However, there are already some similarities with his achievements so far and Pele’s early career.
Like Pele, Mbappe is a teenage World Cup winner and already has a clutch of domestic titles to his name.
As a result the 78-year-old says comparisons between himself and the young forward are not unwarranted.
“He won the World Cup at nineteen, I was only seventeen,” Pele told France Football. “I teased him saying he had almost equalized.
“I think he can become the new Pele! Many people think I said that to laugh, but no, it’s not a joke.”