Rio Ferdinand admitted that PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe‘s skill against Bayern Munich in the Champions League was almost criminal.
The French forward dazzled in PSG’s 3-0 win over the Bundesliga giants as he contributed an assist and played a key role in the final goal of the evening, showing up Bayern defender David Alaba with a feint inside the area which eventually led to Neymar finishing off for the home side’s third.
Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand, forming part of BT Sport’s panel of pundits during coverage, described the 18-year-old’s skill as “illegal” considering his tender age.
It’s too much. It’s illegal, really, what he’s doing. It shouldn’t be allowed,” Ferdinand said.
Ferdinand, joined by the likes of former Premier League stars Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, continued: “His decision-making, for an 18-year-old… we were just talking before, he’s 18 years old, we were just getting into the team, getting our feet under the table.
Ferdinand was unable to hide his admiration for the former Monaco wonderkid. Mbappe, starring in a supreme forward lineup that included Neymar and Edinson Cavani – a duo who had dominated pre-match talk with their recent controversial disagreement over set-piece-taking duty – gave an impressive display as he set up two goals and proved to be a defensive nightmare.
Ferdinand continued: “But Mbappe’s in there, making a difference on the Champions League stage, in a team of superstars. It’s just amazing to see. Get out of the stadium!”
“Beautiful to watch. He’s great.”
Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar were all on the scoresheet as they ran riot around Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich. The Brazilian defender opened the scoring in just the first minute, and PSG’s attacking forward proved to be unstoppable for the Bundesliga giants.
French teenager Mbappe was making just his second appearance at Parc des Princes since arriving from Monaco on an initial loan deal that will become permanent next year, for a fee rising to €180m.
PSG now have two wins out of two games in their Champions League group matches and currently sit at the top of Ligue 1.