‘Sometimes it looks like he is training with kids’: Ander Herrera compares Kylian Mbappe’s frightening pace to Usain Bolt and believes his PSG team-mate could win the Ballon d’Or in the next five years
- Kylian Mbappe’s speed makes his teammates look ‘like kids’, says Ander Herrera
- He said competing with was like being in a race with Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt
- The PSG midfielder believes Mbappe could win the Ballon d’Or in a few years
PSG midfielder Ander Herrera says trying to keep up with team-mate Kylian Mbappe in training is like kids racing against Usain Bolt.
The French forward is quickly confirming his place among the world’s best players, but one of the attributes that sets him apart is his frightening pace that leaves his opponents trailing in his wake.
But while Ligue 1 teams might be sick of the sight of the World Cup winner, it appears that even his own team-mates are daunted by the prospect of playing against him on the training pitch.
Kylian Mbappe possesses frightening pace which often leaves his opponents trailing
Ander Herrera (third right) has admitted Mbappe’s pace often makes PSG stars look like kids
In addition to his speed, Herrera said Mbappe was a ruthless finisher and insisted he has what it takes to be crowned the world’s best player in the coming years.
‘Sometimes in training, it is like he is training with kids,’ Herrera told ESPN. ‘The way he runs, the way he moves, he leaves you behind him.
‘It looks like we are kids, 12 years old, and he is Usain Bolt. And when he is in front of the goalkeeper he has the capacity to stop and be cold and to score a lot of goals. That’s not easy.’
He said competing against him was like going up against Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt
The World Cup winner is quickly becoming one of the best players in world football
‘He has the balance between the speed, the strength and the calmness to score goals. In 2025, he could be the Ballon d’Or winner.’
Herrera, 30, joined the Parisians on a free transfer from United last summer, but has spent most of his time on the sidelines as he attempts to shake off some niggling leg injuries.
He has started just six times in Ligue 1 as a result, but that hasn’t stopped him getting to know his team-mates off the pitch – and he also had nothing but good things to say about Neymar, calling him ‘one of the biggest suprises in my career’.
Herrera joined PSG from Man United last summer but injuries have limited his game time
He also took time to praise Neymar, saying he receives unfair criticism from the French media
He claimed the Brazilian was targeted by the French press and said he was a ‘happy’ player who makes an effort to connect with the team.
‘He is one of the big surprises I have found in my career because when the media speaks it is not always positive. They are always trying to find a way to kill him,’ Herrera added.
‘But I found a guy who is happy every day, that is trying to make the group strong. He organises dinners at his house so we can be together and he tries to win us as many trophies as possible.
‘He is smiling every day and creating a good atmosphere in the team. He told me he was happier than ever in the club. It’s like I read about a different player than the one that I found.’