- France international Aurelien Tchouameni has said that Kylian Mbappe is currently better than Lionel Messi
- But Tchouameni's France teammate Antoine Griezmann believes Messi is still the best player in the world
- PSG superstars Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe are leading the hunt for the goal king prize
Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has backed his France teammate Kylian Mbappe to prove he is the best player on the planet in the World Cup final on Sunday.
Mbappe is currently on a quest to win his second World Cup title and has played a key role for Les Bleus, scoring five goals for Didier Deschamps' team in Qatar.
The 23-year-old was instrumental as France thumped Morocco 2-0 to advance to the World Cup final.
After the match, France playmaker Antoine Griezmann heaped praise on Argentina and Lionel Messi, labelling his former Barcelona teammate as the best player in the world.
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"Argentina are a great team and they have the best player in the world," Griezmann said during a post-match interview.
But his international teammate Tchouameni believes his co-star, Mbappe, will make the difference.
“Griezmann said Messi is the Best Player in the World? For me it’s Kylian.. for me, for me it’s Mbappe and I want him to prove that in the next game,” he said via PSG Chief.
“We want to win for France and we have to recover very well for this game. It is very difficult to defend against Messi, but we have a plan to win the game.”
Mbappe vs Messi battle for Goal King
Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe look set to go head to head for the 2022 World Cup Golden Boot award.
The two Paris Saint-Germain stars have enjoyed a fine run of form at the ongoing tournament in Qatar.
The duo are currently tied at the top of the goal-scoring charts with five goals each.
Mbappe initially looked like the firm favourite to collect the prestigious award, however, Messi's strike against Croatia on Tuesday night now means the Frenchman will have to do more to stand a realistic chance of winning the prize.
Messi's last dance
Sports Brief has also reported that Messi has confirmed he will make his final bow at the World Cup when Argentina takes on either France or Morocco on Sunday, December 18.
Messi inspired Argentina to the finals of the 2022 Mundial, providing a sublime assist while scoring a thumping goal from the penalty spot as Argentina trounced Croatia in the semifinals.
After suffering heartache in the 2014 finals against Germany, the 35-year-old will want to bow out of the global showpiece in grand style, when he tries to bring Argentina its first World Cup title since 1986.