Kylian Mbappe is the definition of a generational talent.
While Erling Haaland was kept silent by Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain striker Mbappe surpassed Thierry Henry’s Champions League round of 16 goalscoring record on Wednesday night.
And both of his goals came against one of Europe’s most formidable teams, as PSG beat Bayern Munich 3-2.
Mbappe – at the age of 22 and 80 days – also recently passed Lionel Messi to become the youngest player to score 25 goals in Europe’s premier club competition.
Ronaldo, who has a record 134 Champions League goals under his belt, didn’t score at all until his 21st birthday and took 27 games to smash his duck in the competition proper.
And then there’s his national form, with Mbappe becoming the youngest player to reach 100 goals in Ligue 1 after a brace against Lyon last month.
Mbappe, obviously, has plenty of reasons to smile, so the question arises as to whether there is something the man can’t do?
Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy both agreed on The Sports Bar on talkSPORT, explaining that they would choose Mbappe over his other Golden Shoe rivals.
“I would rather have him than Kane, Haaland and Lewandowski,” Goldstein told the nation.
Mbappe’s incredible statistics in numbers
Kylian Mbappe continues to improve. At the tender age of just 22, he has already recorded impressive statistics and broken elite records …
100 – Mbappe became the youngest player to reach this stage in France’s top flight after scoring a brace against Lyon last month
42 – Mbappe has 42 goals in just 43 Champions League appearances (27 goals and 15 assists)
13 – Goals in the round of 16 of the Champions League, exceeding Thierry Henry’s total of 12.
8 – Kylian Mbappé has scored eight UEFA Champions League goals this season, the record for a French player in a single campaign in the competition, playing at the same level as Wissam Ben Yedder in 2017-18 and David Trezeguet in 2001-02.
8 – Mbappe also has the most goals scored by a French player in a single Champions League season.
5 – First player to score a total of five away goals in the round of 16 and quarter-finals of the Champions League in the same season.
8 – Goals in as many appearances for the Ligue 1 giants in the Champions League this season.
“He’s a beast, his finish is incredible, defenders bounce off him … what a player he is.”
Cundy said in response: “People talk about Neymar, but for me [Mbappe] is miles ahead. He’s just a great player.
Meanwhile, former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara sees striking similarities between Mbappe and Arsenal icon Henry.
“Watching him play, he’s amazing. He just makes things happen, ”O’Hara said.
“When he gets it, he just runs to the goal. He has beautiful feet, he reminds me a lot of Thierry Henry in the way he plays.
“He drifts in wide areas, gets the ball, then he goes to goal. It is direct and also fast.
Mbappe’s personal achievement and trophy harvest
Kylian Mbappe already has a large amount of household silverware to his name, as he became a World Cup winner at the age of 19.
- x4 champion of France (16/17, 17/18, 18/19, 19/20)
- x3 winner of the French Super Cup (18/19, 19/20, 20/21)
- x2 winner of the Coupe de France (17/18, 19/20)
- x2 winner of the French League Cup (17/18, 19/20)
- x2 Top scorer in Ligue 1 (18/19, 19/20)
- x1 Footballer of the Year (2018)
- x1 European Under-19 Champion (2016)