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Kylian Mbappe talks about trying to beat Lionel Messi to the Golden Shoe

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‘I would score three, he would score four!’

France v Argentina: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Photo by Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has been talking about trying to outscore Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.

Messi clinched the European Golden Shoe last season for the sixth time in his career after racking up 36 goals in 34 appearances for Barcelona.

The Barcelona captain beat Mbappe to the award, as the Frenchman came in second place with 33 goals for the Ligue 1 champions.

Here’s what it felt like for the World Cup winner:

“(At the end of last season) Instead of just putting my head under the covers and waiting calmly for the end of the season, I was trying to outdo myself. I saw that I could maybe get this title of the top goalscorer in Europe… But, facing off against me, was Messi.

“I would score twice on a weekend, he would go and score three; I would score three, he would score four! It was so crazy that I spoke with Ousmane (Dembélé) about it. ‘This is crazy! Is he doing this on purpose?’ He responded to me: ‘Of course he is looking at you!’

I said to myself: ‘Ah, not bad, Messi is surveilling me…’ It is flattering to see that such a player is not overlooking you.”

Source | France Football

Mbappe and Messi have both been on fire again this season for their club. The Frenchman has 11 goals in 12 league appearances for PSG in 2019-20, while Messi has 13 from 13.