France forward Kylian Mbappe said Brazil legend Pele would "always remain king" after the three-time World Cup winner joked earlier in the day that he might return to football if Mbappe kept emulating his achievements.
On Monday (AEST), the 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker became only the second teenager in history to score in a World Cup final as he netted his fourth goal of the tournament to help France beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.
"The king will always remain king," Mbappe said in a response to Pele's Twitter post.
Pele, who is now 77, was only 17 when he bagged a double in Brazil's 5-2 victory against hosts Sweden in the 1958 FIFA World Cup final. The Brazilian is widely regarded as one of the best footballers ever.