Kylian Mbappe has a better goalscoring record for club and country than both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi did at 21 – even though he doesn’t reach that age for another eight months.
The flying Frenchman is well on his way to surpassing the phenomenal returns of the era-defining duo, with Mbappe’s total nearly three times as many as that of Ronaldo’s nearly 13 years ago.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward has already hit 96 goals for club and country, 84 for both Monaco and PSG, as well as 12 for France – including one memorable strike in last summer’s World Cup final.
Upon turning 21, Ronaldo had scored 36 times for club and country – hile Messi had netted 50 goals for Barcelona and Argentina. Also, Mbappe’s return this term in Ligue 1 (30) has equalled Thierry Henry’s record of the most goals scored by a French player in a single season. At present, he is just four behind Messi in the race to win the European Golden Boot.
Meanwhile, Mbappe – who has been linked to Real Madrid – distanced himself with a move to the Bernabeuearlier this week. He said: “Yes, I am sure to stay. I am invested here in this project. Good for Real Madrid that they have Zinedine Zidane. I will tune in to their matches as an admirer”.
In February, Kylian Mbappe became the youngest player score 50 goals in Ligue 1 after his brace helped Paris Saint-Germain beat Nimes 3-0.
At the age of 20 years, two months and three days, Mbappe became the youngest player since to score a half-century of goals in Ligue 1, breaking Yannick Stopyra’s mark of 21 years, 11 months and nine days, which he accomplished with Sochaux in 1982.