Tony Cascarino, a former Republic of Ireland international, has cautioned Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain that he could end up like Ronaldinho.
If Mbappe is to realize his dream move to Real Madrid, he must learn from the mistakes of previous great players such as Ronaldinho, according to him.
Mbappe has been accused of regressing for PSG over the last three years, with Cascarino drawing analogies between Mbappe and Ronaldinho, the Brazilian legend.
Mbappe, who has only one year left on his PSG contract, has refused talks to extend it, and is set to join Real Madrid next summer.
Despite Mbappe’s contract ending in a year, PSG rejected Real Madrid’s €220 million [£189 million] deadline-day bid for the forward.
Ronaldinho, like Mbappe, rose to notoriety at PSG, but it was at Barcelona that he really took his career to the next level.
Ronaldinho moved to Barcelona after failing to win any trophies with PSG, where he helped the club win two LaLiga titles, one Champions League title, two FIFA World Player of the Year honors, and the Ballon d’Or.
However, he only had a few years at the pinnacle of his powers before his career faded into oblivion, which many attribute to a lack of focus, hence the maverick moniker.
And Cascarino fears the same could happen to Mbappe.
“I hope I’m wrong, but I hope Kylian Mbappe doesn’t turn into a Ronaldinho,” said the talkSPORT host on the Weekend Sports Breakfast.
“The type of player who has so much, but then suddenly his career starts to go slightly downwards.
“Because Ronaldinho was one of the world’s greatest when he was at his very best, but it’s easy as a young man when you get everything put in front of you that you slightly take your eye off the ball and you don’t become the same player.
Kylian Mbappe is still a very young player, he’s 22, but he’s got to get back to somewhere close to the player we know and love.
“He’s gone backwards.
“If I look back at the player he was in 2018, when he won the World Cup and he was just electric, devastating, and you really felt he was one of the best players in the world.
“But I look at Mbappe now… I was disappointed with him at the Euros and he hasn’t scored in six games for France. There are moments, you see glimpses, but he’s not having anywhere near the impact he used to have.
“I know he’s had his head turned by Real Madrid, but Mbappe is not doing it often enough.
“You can maybe put it down to the French league, and you can say he’s still got good numbers, and he had good numbers last season for PSG.
“But at the moment, he’s nowhere near the player he was three years ago.