Gundogan names Messi, De Bruyne & Mbappe as the top three players in the world

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 25: Ilkay Guendogan of the German National Team attends a press conference at Mercedes Benz on March 25, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Joachim Sielski/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has expressed his view that Lionel Messi, Kevin de Bruyne and Kylian Mbappe are currently the top three players in the world.

The Germany international believes Messi sets the standard for all other players to aspire to, and he has named City team-mate De Bruyne and Paris Saint-Germain frontman Mbappe as the current heirs to the Argentine’s throne.

Gundogan listed all three men ahead of Ronaldo when asked for his opinion on the best footballers in the business during a Q&A session on Twitter.

The Premier League is on hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak at the moment, with the footballing authorities taking the decision to postpone the season indefinitely after Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta were both diagnosed with the illness last week.

Gundogan added on his own wellbeing as he self-isolates at his residence in Manchester: “I’m staying at home, but it’s not really a holiday for me. I hope all of you are well, too.

“Tough times for each and every one of us. I just can say thank you to everyone in healthcare: doctors, nurses, hospital staff. Positivity will keep us strong, we will get through this!”