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GOAL Landmarks: Is Kylian Mbappe set for immortality after his World Cup goalfest?

11:20 GMT 10/12/2022
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Kylian Mbappe is one of the biggest stars in world football currently, and with good reason. The explosive Frenchman has already shown the world what he can do.

Four years ago in Russia, Mbappe was the sprinkling of stardust for a strong French side which went on to be crowned world champions, defeating Croatia 4-2 in the final of the World Cup.

While the talent of Mbappe was evident even before, that was the tournament where he announced himself to the world. Four years on, in his second World Cup, Mbappe is already one of the greatest stars of the game. Remind you, he is still only 23.

In a France side beset with injuries, Mbappe has been the difference maker, banging in crucial goals and is already leading the goalscoring charts with five strikes to his name. He scored his first goal in France’s tournament opener against Australia. He followed it up with two goals in their second game against Denmark, which included a late winner.

But he reserved his best for the Round of 16 encounter against Poland, scoring two thumping goals that helped the team win 3-0 and seal a Quarter-final berth. More importantly, what it meant was that Mbappe had soared ahead of his peers in the race for the Golden Boot at this World Cup.

It also took his World Cup tally to 9 goals, adding to the four he had scored at Russia 2018. This also ensured he achieved a significant landmark, as he became the youngest player ever to score 9 World Cup goals.

The great Pele had scored 8 World Cup goals at the age of 23 but Mbappe has gone ahead and smashed his record.

The explosive winger will be expected to bang in more goals in Qatar as France are set to take on England in the Quarter-finals on December 10. Can he go ahead and attain immortality by leading his country to back-to-back World Cup titles? The World is His to Take!