Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has dismissed talk of Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘decline’ and is wary of him ahead of the Champions League tie.
The Parisians go head-to-head with Real Madrid in the competition this month and the teenage French striker believes Ronaldo remains one of the world’s top players.
“It is ridiculous to talk about Ronaldo being in decline,” Mbappe told reporters, as cited by Marca.
“If he is in decline, I would not want to hear what you say about the rest of the players! Cristiano is a fantastic player but obviously, we hope he does not play at his best against us!
“But yes, for the Champions League game we will pay a lot of attention to him as we want to combat Madrid’s strengths and Cristiano is one of their key strengths.
“Di Maria? We all know of his value and his ability to help us win games, I personally hope he plays against Real Madrid, but the decision is that of the Coach (Unai Emery) and not me.”