It has been a remarkable 2017 for Mbappe. He helped fire Monaco to a first French league title in 17 years and reached the Champions League semi-finals, before joining PSG in a stunning deal worth 180m euros ($209m). Maradona named the Frenchman as part of a list of players he believes are worthy of challenging Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's perpetual claim to the Ballon d'Or - an award both have won five times each since 2008. "Giving it to Cristiano and giving it to Messi has become boring," said Maradona. "There needs to be others getting involved in the fight, like Cavani, Mbappe, (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic. I don't know, there just needs to be some others." Maradona also recalled advising Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign Mbappe prior to him moving to PSG.
"Let them sell Bale or give him away... I think they have to buy Mbappe" Diego Maradona tells Real Madrid to sell Welsh star and sign €180m wonderkid as his replacement READ MORE: https://t.co/tlbl5d3d7l pic.twitter.com/ayHgB5Ly5x— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 15, 2017
"I said that to Florentino, sign Mbappe. I told him that! It was when we saw each other at FIFA," Maradona recounted. "He told me, 'But you know I have Cristiano already.'" Mbappe had reportedly been a target of Real, but the European champions were ultimately beaten to his signature by PSG.
Diego Maradona told Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign Kylian Mbappe this summer pic.twitter.com/E5GPqaZxBC— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 15, 2017