Lyon centre-back Marcelo has come up against both Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi this season.
And he is in no doubt about who the more difficult opponent has proven.
Having kept out Messi as Lyon claimed a 0-0 draw against Barcelona this week, Marcelo believes the French teenager has the upper hand.
‘The players I’ve played against in recent times are at the very top level’, Marcelo told Goal.
‘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.’
And the 31-year-old defender believes the youngster has the world at his feet.
‘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.’
Marcelo saw Mbappe first hand back in October, when he watched from the bench as the 20-year-old scored four goals as PSG blitzed Lyon 5-0.
He managed to keep him quiet on the second occasion, as Lyon claimed a 2-1 win last month.