Mbappe, who also scored twice as France beat Messi’s Argentina in a World Cup knockout fixture, has been tipped as the player can fill the void Messi will leave.
He has already scored over 150 career goals and won multiple league titles and the World Cup at such a young age, but McCoist does not think he can match Messi’s glittering career.
“I’m not sure he will,” McCoist said on talkSPORT when commented on Antoine Griezmann’s claims that Mbappe will be on par with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I do not think for a minute Mbappe can do things with a ball that Messi can do. Messi’s one of the greatest players that’s ever lived on this earth.
“Mbappe’s an excellent young player that will go on to be fantastic, there’s a difference. If somebody’s going to tell me Mbappe is going to outshine Messi as a football player, I would be staggered if that’s the case.
He’ll go on to have a great career and he will be an absolutely top player. Are we writing Messi off!? This is annoying me! He’s one of the best the planet has ever seen!”
:x: “I’m not sure Mbappe will [ever reach the levels of Messi].”
:thumbsdown: “Mbappe cannot do things with the ball that Messi can.”
:rage: “Are we writing Messi off!? This is annoying me! He’s one of the best ever!”
Ally McCoist is getting angry with people rating Mbappe over Messi! :triumph: pic.twitter.com/GH1sy8W72J
– talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 18, 2021
The pair have scored 28 Champions League goals between them since the start of last season, with Messi and Ronaldo managing 15.
Speaking on BT Sport, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand said: “How long have we been sitting him thinking, ‘Who’s gonna be next? Are we gonna get a rivalry?’
“This could be another rivalry that last for 10 years. For me that’s the mouthwatering aspect.”