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'Mbappe will prove he's the best' - France midfielder Tchouameni backs striker to show he's above even Messi in World Cup final

22:04 GMT+3 15/12/2022
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Aurelien Tchouameni has backed France team-mate Kylian Mbappe to prove that he is the best player on the planet in the World Cup final on Sunday.
  • France face Argentina in World Cup final
  • Mbappe to come up against Messi
  • Backed to outshine Argentine

WHAT HAPPENED? Mbappe will come up against seven-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi when France take on Argentina to decide who will take home the trophy and Tchouameni believes his co-star will make the difference.

WHAT THEY SAID: "For me, Kylian is the best... and he will prove it on Sunday," he said to TyC Sports, adding: "We're all going to work together to achieve it. We're going to make a plan, recover well and work to win this game because Messi will be there, but he also has 10 other players by his side."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: France head into Sunday's match looking to defend their crown as world champions, having won the title in 2018. Argentina, meanwhile, hope to give Messi a proper send-off by securing the trophy in what will be his final game for the national team.

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WHAT NEXT FOR FRANCE? Didier Deschamps' men will be going through intense preparations to give them the best chance of getting the win in Sunday's final.