The Frenchman is playing alongside the Argentine icon while Ronaldo is his childhood hero.
Kylian Mbappe has refused to choose between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the ‘Greatest of All Time’ title.
Mbappe forms a devastating attacking trio alongside Messi and Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain.
The Frenchman has admitted Ronaldo as his childhood idol before, but he is reluctant to pick him over Messi in the GOAT debate.
The World Cup winner said: “Every year I wondered who would win the Ballon d’Or, Messi or Cristiano.
“Who do I prefer? It’s like choosing between your father or your mother, you can’t.
“As for all those of my generation, the Ballon d’Or is inevitably associated with the battle between Leo and Cristiano. Digging really deep into my memory, I also remember a little bit Ronaldinho (a Ballon d’Or winner in 2005).”
Messi failed to reach Ballon d’Or’s 30-man shortlist for the first time since 2005 when France Football anounced this year’s nominees earlier this week.
Ronaldo, who finished last season as Manchester United’s top scorer, earned his 18th nomination, which is an all-time record. However, he is still two Ballon d’Or’s behind Messi, who claimed his seventh prize last year.
Mbappe added: “Frankly, everything is crushed by the greedy two! They have shared the prize for so long. Every year, like everyone else, I wondered which one of them would get it. Looking back, that battle was pretty crazy.
“On ceremony days, it was fun to watch them when they were next to each other. And trying to figure out from their faces which one looked more angry or upset because they knew they didn’t win.”