Anelka, to Mbappé: ‘If you want the Ballon d’Or, leave PSG’

Kylian Mbappé need to leave the PSG If you want to make an impact on the world stage as the winners of the Golden Ball Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi, said the former French international Nicolas Anelka.

Mbappé, who scored 42 goals in all competitions for PSG last season, has a contract with the French club until June 2022, but has been linked to a signing for Real Madrid in La Liga. The 22-year-old has had a disappointing campaign with France at Euro 2020, where he failed to score and missed the decisive point in their penalty shootout loss to Switzerland that saw them fall in the round of 16.

“If you want the highest praise, you will have to leave PSG at some point,” writes Anelka in her column for The Athletic. “You cannot say that you compete with the best all the time when you are at PSG … If you want to win the Ballon d’Or, which is what you should look for to echo Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, you will have to compete with the best ”.

Anelka, who won the Euro in 2000 with France, says Ligue 1 is not easy, but that the English Premier League is “the toughest league.” “So if you want to be one of the best, do what you do in Paris but with Chelsea, United, Arsenal, City or Liverpool. Or go to Spain, Real Madrid or FC Barcelona. Or maybe Italy, “added Anelka. “Then we can talk about a more global impact.”