Mbappe Is Harder To Defend Against Than Lionel Messi, Defender Marcelo Reveals

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Kylian Mbappe is a tougher opponent than Lionel Messi, according to Lyon defender Marcelo.The centre-back went head-to-head with Messi in Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 first-leg goalless draw at the Groupama Stadium.

Messi was not at his best against Lyon, allowing the Brazilian stopper to compare him to the French teenage sensation who has hit 26 goals for club and country this season.

Lyon have already played the Ligue 1 champions twice this season and were the first team to beat Thomas Tuchel’s men in the league with a 2-1 win earlier this month.

PSG were comfortable winners back in October 2018 with Mbappe scoring an incredible four times in a 5-0 win at the Parc des Princes.

And after getting up close and personal with both strikers, Marcelo thinks the World Cup winner has the edge over the Barca man.

He told Goal: “The players I’ve played against in recent times are at the very top level.“Playing against Mbappe this season, he gave me a lot of work.

“Messi didn’t play very well (on Tuesday), but Mbappe, for the speed, positioning, having direct confrontations with him, he was the most difficult.

“I think there is a great possibility that he will soon become the best in the world.“There are some points that he needs to improve to be compared to Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but he is evolving very fast.”

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