Kylian Mbappe lit up the Nou Camp earlier this week with an electric performance.
He scored a hat-trick, the first opposition player in 21 years to do so at Nou Camp.
It was hurting to see for Barcelona fans even more as a dejected Messi strutted around while his team was being dismantled by the young Frenchman.
This has now sparked conversations in the internet about who is the better player. While Mbappe is phenomenal, it is obvious the comparisons are premature and disrespectful to Messi.
Former Barca player Giuly put things into perspective.
He told Le Parisien: “Barça was small because there was a huge PSG. It is true that Barcelona is getting old and is at the end of its cycle. But PSG played the perfect game.”
On talk of hat-trick Kylian Mbappe now replacing Leo Messi as the world’s best, Giuly scoffed.
“Calm down and watch out for contempt. Mbappé will soon be the Ballon d’Or. We all know that. But he still needs consistency. What Leo has done in the last fifteen years cannot be compared to a hat-trick, even if it were sublime,” he continued.
“I do not like to forget all or want to rewrite history. These comparisons are meaningless. Suffer let Kylian make his own way. He has other qualities: he’s very fast and skilled. He plays on the wing, while Leo moves more through the centre. Mbappé’s destiny is not to be a new Messi, but to become Mbappé.”