Can the PSG star and world-cup finalist Kylian Mpappe become the new Messi
Kylian Mbappe is one of the players who took the world by storm in Qatar 2022. He helped France reach the finals and present a strong challenge to Lionel Messi and the gang. Kylian and Lionel play side by side at Paris Saint-Germain, a top Ligue 1 side sponsored by HFM. The French player's blistering performance clearly showed that he's the right person to take over from the legendary Messi.
There's no denying that the 2018 world cup champion can reach the standards required to earn the world's best player tag as Messi nears the end of his career. While Lionel is unlikely to play at the next world cup in 2026, Kylian can win another title at the global showpiece.
During the Qatar 2022 world cup, Mbappe scored more goals than Messi, beating the Argentine talisman to the Golden Boot award. Yet both men were at their sparkling best, resulting in an epic world cup final.
Mbappe is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating talents in recent years. His path to greatness is as clear as the light of day. The French star boasts obscene talent for a player in his mid-20s. Many factors work to his advantage, including ample time to reach his full potential.
The elite club
Based on Kylian's impressive form at PSG and the Champions League, many commentators have likened him to Thierry Henry, who smashed many records. They attribute the star's extraordinary abilities to generational talent. This evaluation comes as stats show that the PSG star is capable of outshining Cristiano Ronaldo, Erling Haaland, and Lionel Messi.
It's no surprise that the young superstar surpassed Henry's Champions League goal-scoring record. This achievement is one of many that demonstrate the depth of the striker's talent. At 22, he smashed Messi's record of 25 goals in the popular club competition. At the time, Messi became the youngest player to score that many goals. Kylian took the game to another level by scoring the same number of goals in less time and at a younger age than Messi.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo netted 134 goals in the competition but couldn't achieve this feat before turning 21. Another impressive record that Mbappe smashed is the number of world cup goals scored at the global showpiece. He overtook the legendary Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pelé). The PSG striker has netted more goals than the Brazilian legend before 24.
On the other hand, Mbappe managed to become the youngest Ligue 1 player to net 100 goals. Given this background, one commentator said they'd sign him ahead of Lewandowski, Kane, and Haaland.
One analyst called Kylian a beast when in front of the goal. There's no denying that the youngster boasts incredible finishing and can dribble. Another key ability that sets him apart is speed. Best of all, Mbappe seems immune to pressure in high-intensity games, allowing him to perform at his best at all times. No wonder many believe he's miles ahead of fellow PSG player Neymar.
Paris Saint-Germain and France national soccer team coaches love Mbappe because he makes things happen, even when the going gets tough. Not only does he score goals, but he can also assist teammates in finding the net. He's the type of player who drifts into wide areas and, once he receives the ball, dribbles or bursts his way toward the goal. A combination of speed and fancy footwork makes him unstoppable in many instances.
One thing is for sure; it doesn't seem there are limits to what the talented footballer can do. He will most likely overtake Miroslav Klose's world cup goal-scoring record of 16. If he plays in the next tournament in North America, there's every chance he'll bag five or more goals. Such a feat will help him smash Klose's record.
Another record Mbappe should break easily is the highest number of goals scored by a player at PSG. Kylian is a few goals away from eclipsing Edinson Cavani's 200 goals record in Paris Saint-Germain colors. On the other hand, he'll need to work tirelessly to beat Cristiano Ronaldo's goal-scoring record in the Champions League. Ronaldo bagged more than 100 goals making him an all-time top goal scorer. Meanwhile, Kylian has currently netted 40 goals.