Records are made to be broken and Kylian Mbappé is a name predestined to rewrite football history at the World Cup and beyond. The French superstar has already made a strong bid to win the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot in Qatar 2022.
The Paris-Saint Germain player has arrived at the World Cup in incredible form and who can talk about that better than the numbers? France scored 9 goals in the first four games, and the nicknamed Donatello was directly involved in the last 7 (5 goals and 2 assists). He equaled the records of Gerd Muller (1970), Oleg Salenko (1994), and David Villa (2006-2010), the only players with direct involvement in 7 consecutive goals for their teams at the World Cup.
“This is the competition of my dreams. It is something I have been preparing for physically and mentally. We are doing well but we are a long way from the objective of winning the final,” said Mbappé, who scored twice and set up Giroud’s goal in France – Poland (3-1).
Aged 23 years and 349 days, Kylian Mbappé is a complete striker, he can create an assist as well as score, and he can change the game within one action. And he has the right age to break all records. He is now the competition’s top scorer with five and added to the four he netted in France’s triumphant 2018 World Cup campaign. He has already overtaken Argentina’s Diego Maradona, who scored eight, while Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has also reached that tally. Lionel Messi has also nine goals at the World Cup but in five participations and 23 matches. Kylian Mbappe has scored 9 goals in 11 games and if he is injury free, he will have two more finals tournaments, if not three. Another chart says that at 23 years of age, Mbappé is the youngest player to score nine World Cup goals, breaking the record held by Eusebio, who scored eight for Portugal by the age of 24 years and 182 days.
Miroslav Klose continues to lead the goalscoring ranking, but his record, given the pace of the current France number 10, does not seem so far off.
Top goalscorers in World Cup history:
Miroslav Klose (Germany): 16 goals in 24 games.
Ronaldo Nazário (Brazil): 15 goals in 19 games.
Gerd Muller (Germany): 14 goals in 13 games.
Just Fontaine (France): 13 goals in 6 games.
Pelé (Brazil): 12 goals in 14 games.
KYLIAN MBAPPÉ (FRANCE): 9 goals in 11 games.
Lionel Messi (Argentina): 9 goals in 23 games.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): 8 goals in 20 games.
Diego Maradona (Argentina): 8 goals in 21 games.
Kylian is a superstar who is already compared to the greatest footballers of all time, Maradona, Messi, Ronaldo, Pele. He is also the youngest player to reach five knockout stage goals at the World Cup since Pelé in 1958 (17 years and 249 days).
Mbappé also reached 33 goals in 63 games played for France, in the same match Olivier Giroud became the top scorer in the history of the national team with 52 goals. This record is not far off either. Interestingly, the PSG forward scored 27.3% of his goals for France at the World Cup. And before turning 24, he has already reached 250 goals in 360 professional games.
Number of goals scored by Messi at the age of 24: 197
Number of goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo at the age of 24: 132
Number of goals scored by Mbappé at almost 24 years old: 250
Kylian Mbappé is on fire, and France seems very lucky today to have such a player at his disposal. Thus, they can think of becoming the first team to retain the world title since Brazil in 1962.