Buffon says Mbappe "superhuman"

07 August 2018 11:47:03 EST

Gianluigi Buffon says that his new PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe can become one of football's true greats if he stays grounded.

The 19-year-old made such an impact at the World Cup 2018 becoming only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final as France beat Croatia in Russia last month.

I hope he will remain humble and keep this desire to progress and make sacrifices.

Gianluigi Buffon

In contrast to Mbappe, Buffon is at the other end of his career, at the age of 40, but the two are now team-mates after the Italian left Juventus to move to Ligue 1.

He says Mbappe has the game to be compared, in time, to the likes of Pele and Diego Maradona.

He told Paris St-Germain's official magazine: "It's obvious [Mbappe] has something more than others. I hope he will remain humble and keep this desire to progress and make sacrifices.

"If so, he will make a mark in the history of football and write incredible pages of the sport."

Mbappe is now back at PSG after an extended break following the World Cup 2018 and may play with Buffon for the first team as the Ligue 1 season starts this weekend with PSG at home to Caen.

PSG are 1/14 to start off with a win with Caen 25/1 and the draw 11/1.

Buffon added that he had been following the club before his arrival in the French capital and says the Champions League has to be the aim for a squad so talented.

"It's never been that a team so strong couldn't make the leap in the Champions League," he said.

"Time is needed, but with an identity, a group, a good dressing room and a strong coach, the time to win can be reduced."

PSG lost in the quarter-finals of the Champions League four times in a row, between 2013 and 2016 and have fallen in the round of 16 the last two years, to Barcelona and then Real Madrid.

PSG are 1/10000 to win Ligue 1 this season while they are 12121/1 to break their duck in the Champions League.

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