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France and PSG star Mbappe can become 'the new Pele' - Pele

French Ligue 1: Kylian Mbappé (70') SC Amiens 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain

Brazil great Pele has tipped Kylian Mbappe to "become the new Pele" and also told France Football he has warned Neymar he must continue to focus more on playing than play-acting.

Pele has fostered a friendship with Mbappe via social media and a number of mutual compliments ever since, at age 19, the France forward became the youngest-ever goalscorer in a World Cup final since the Brazilian legend struck twice as a 17-year-old in 1958.

The parallels between the prodigies past...

France World Cup heroes to be recognised with French Legion of Honour

France's 2018 World Cup-winning squad and coaching staff will receive the French Legion of Honour later this year.

The Legion d'honneur is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, but exceptions have been made in the past for the 1998 World Cup-winning squad, as well as Michel Platini.

In an official communication on Tuesday, it was confirmed that "this special promotion distinguishes the French national team players, football World Cup winners in 2018, as well as their...

By ESPN Staff
Dec 27, 2018

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Paris Saint-Germain's Alphonse Areola signs four-year extension

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Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has ended speculation over his long-term future at Parc des Princes by signing a four-year contract extension until 2023.

The France international is currently vying for a regular starting berth under coach Thomas Tuchel with Italian veteran Gianluigi Buffon but the German tactician's fair involvement of the 25-year-old since the start of the season has convinced him to stick around.

"It was very important for me to continue my career and my progress...

Belgium lead new FIFA World Ranking by single point from France

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring a goal against Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League.
Belgium lost just two games in 2018 -- 1-0 to France, and 5-2 to Switzerland.

Belgium will end 2018 atop FIFA World Ranking, with World Cup winners France coming in at No. 2.

FIFA say Belgium are a single ranking point -- 1,727 to 1,726 -- ahead of France, who knocked Roberto Martinez's side out of the World Cup at the semifinal stage.

Brazil are at No. 3 and World Cup runners-up Croatia are at No. 4 in a mostly unchanged monthly ranking.

England and Portugal, who both qualified for the UEFA Nations League finals, are fifth and sixth respectively.

Uruguay, Switzerland, Spain,...