Rio Ferdinand makes Kylian Mbappe prediction after PSG star’s stunning hat-trick

Rio Ferdinand has predicted Kylian Mbappe will be the man to take up the mantle left by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the top of world football.

The PSG forward was in phenomenal form as he bagged three goals of real quality to help his side comeback from a goal down to beat Barcelona 4-1 at the Nou Camp.

On a night where the deadlock was broken by a penalty from six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi, it was Mbappe who stole the show.

BT Sport presenter Gary Lineker suggested after the match "we may be witnessing the changing of the guard".

And Ferdinand was in full agreement.

"This guy is the guy who is going to take over the throne from Messi and Ronaldo when they're done with it," Ferdinand said.

"He's gone and given a statement. He's said 'This is me now. I'm the man for this big stage'."

Mbappe equalised for PSG minutes after Messi had given Barca the lead from the spot.

After receiving the ball inside the box, Mbappe jinked round his marker and cannoned his effort off the post and in with his weaker left foot.

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His second was equally as clinical, but this time he needed just one touch to divert the ball into the corner after it had ran loose, with Moise Kean then adding PSG's third.

Not content with his brace, Mbappe then saved the best till last as PSG produced a quick-fire breakaway five minutes from time to virtually put the tie to bed.

Julian Draxler was at the heart of it, winning the ball on the edge of the PSG box before racing downfield after neat interplay with his teammates.

The winger delayed his pass to Mbappe, who had drifted wide of the goal by the time it reached his feet, but took it first time in his stride to whip it into the top corner and complete his hat-trick.

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Asked if there were any young players on the same level as the Frenchman, Ferdinand replied: "Mbappe is on his own.

"People forget he's 22 years old, given he's won the World Cup, what he's done in French league, in the Champions League he's been immense.

"I just feel he's the guy now who's going to take that throne, take the crown and be there.

"He's standing alone at the moment and it's for everybody to catch up with him."

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