With Kylian Mbappe having scored more goals than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi when they were his age, Luka Modric has now revealed what a teammate told him about the French teenager long before he became as well-known as he is today.
The Croatian won FIFA's The Best Men's Player accolade as well as the UEFA Player of the Year prize earlier this year, and many expect him to complete his award's hat-trick with the Ballon d'Or in December.
As one of the nominees for the Golden Ball, the 33-year-old recently had an interview with France Football, during which he touched on teenage sensation Mbappe.
The midfielder revealed that his countryman Danijel Subasic, who played with the 19-year-old at Monaco, told him long ago about the young Frenchman's incredible talent.
"Mbappe is an extraordinary talent, a magnificent promise for the future. But someone who is already at a great level," Modric told France Football.
"He's really very special. I remember my international teammate, Danijel Subasic, said to me one day: 'There's a young player at Monaco, you'll see, he's incredible, and one day he'll be one of the best in the world.'
"He was talking to me about Mbappe before he was known about. I'm sure Kylian is going to keep improving."
Mbappe recently became the youngest French player to score 10 international goals, and has also netted 58 times at club level already.
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