Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar lauds Kylian Mbappe a 'phenomenon' after Lyon four-goal blitz


Mbappe, 19, has now scored eight goals in four league games this season and remains level with Neymar at the top of the charts.

There have been suggestions in French media that the Brazilian superstar has become frustrated by the meteoric rise of the teenager World Cup winner - as his influence has deterred his Ballon d'Or chances.

However, Neymar has refuted such reports, rather revealing his admiration for the PSG wonderkid.

"Kylian is a special guy, for whom I have a lot of affection," he said after the game, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

"We have a very strong friendship so I am very happy when he scores when he plays a match like this and I hope to help him to make more matches like this.'

Neymar added: 'Share the leadership with Kylian? Of course, I know my value, I know the pressure that exists, I know my responsibilities but we have many quality players who also have their responsibilities.

"Kylian is one of them, he is a technical leader and the group respects him. As soon as he opens his mouth to say something we listen to him and understand him, no matter how old he is.

"This is a group where everyone knows the importance of each and I want to congratulate him. He could have scored even more.

"For me, he's a phenomenon. I hope it will continue like that for several years because football will thank him."