Kylian Mbappe had a horrible UEFA Euros campaign as he registered zero goals and assists for France. Moreover, it was Mbappe who missed the all-important penalty for France in the round of sixteen against Switzerland.
Former French striker Nicolas Anelka believes that Kylian Mbappe has to come out of France if he wants to become the best in the world. According to Anelka if Kylian Mbappe has the aspirations to become the best footballer, he has to compete with the best.
During his time, Nicolas Anelka played with several big clubs across Europe in different leagues including the Premier League and La Liga. He has represented Real Madrid CF, Chelsea, Paris Saint Germain and Juventus.
“If you want the biggest accolades, you will have to move from PSG at some point. Whatever you will do in Paris will be good but somebody will always say, ‘Well, you did great for PSG but it was only in France. The best leagues are in England and Spain, so you didn’t compete with the best players in the best league,” said Anelka.
“You will have to decide. If you want to win the Ballon d’Or, which is what you should be looking at to echo Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, you will have to compete with the best. You can’t say you compete with the best all the time when you are at PSG. The French league is not easy, don’t get me wrong, but I think the toughest league is in England,” he added.
“So, if you want to be one of the best, then do what you do in Paris but with Chelsea or United or Arsenal or City or Liverpool. Or go to Spain to Madrid or Barcelona. Or maybe Italy. Then we can speak about a more global impact,” he said.
Nicolas Anelka believes Kylian Mbappe needs to join the big clubs like Liverpool or Real Madrid to win the Ballon d’Or. He urges the youngster to shift to a more competitive league where the level of play will be higher than that in Ligue 1.