By slamming a double on the lawn of Bayern Munich, Wednesday in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League (2-3), Kylian Mbappé has embellished a little more his hallucinating statistics in the competition. At 22, the PSG striker explodes all the times. Far ahead of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Karim Benzema.
Everyone knows it, you shouldn’t talk to her about age. It is with this motto screwed to the studs that Kylian Mbappé has been advancing since the start of his career. At breakneck speed. Especially in the Champions League. A competition in which the gifted Bondy stacks the goals with disconcerting regularity. After his resounding double on the lawn of Bayern Munich, Wednesday in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League (2-3), the PSG striker is now 8 goals in 8 games this season.
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All registered during his last 4 appearances. Including 5 outside, with his devastating hat-trick at Camp Nou (1-4). Never has a player manhandled Barca so badly in a knockout match. No one had scored three times in the Catalan stadium since Andrei Shevchenko in 1997. In the current season, only Erling Haaland did better, with 10 goals in 7 games for Dortmund.
At his age, Ronaldo had scored 3 goals in the Champions League
Four and a half years after his first steps in C1 with Monaco (at 17), Mbappé is already 27 achievements in 43 appearances in the Champions League. With 19 bonus assists. And there, we have to talk a little about his age. To better understand the phenomenon. Despite his status, his titles and his leadership, the 2018 world champion is only 22 years and 4 months old. You have to realize that at the same time of his career, Lionel Messi was at 18 goals in the Champions League. Karim Benzema had scored 13. Cristiano Ronaldo had only 3 and Robert Lewandowski had not even played a game in the competition. Here again, only Haaland (20 years and 8 months) holds the comparison with his 20 goals in 15 games.
With 8 achievements in a single edition, Mbappé has already equaled the French record in this area, set by David Trezeguet (Juventus in 2001-2002) and Wissam Ben Yeder (Sevilla FC in 2017-2018). Thanks to his double at the Allianz Arena, the Blues striker has scored 13 times in a knockout match. It’s better than Zlatan Ibrahimovic (10) or Thierry Henry (12). Only Benzema is ahead in the history of French football (19), knowing that the center-forward of Real Madrid is 33 years and 3 months old. In the historical ranking, Mbappé and his 27 goals occupy 5th place in the national list, behind Jean-Pierre Papin (28), David Trezeguet (29), Thierry Henry (50) and Karim Benzema (70). It is simply sensational. And the craziest thing is that it might just be starting …
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