Frenchman Kylian Mbappe on Saturday became the youngest-ever player to net 50 Ligue One (France’s top-flight football league) goals after his brace in Paris Saint-Germain’s (PSG) comfortable 3-0 win over Nimes, with which they closed-in the gap for the French title. The 20-year-old Mbappe scored in the 69th and 89th minutes as runaway league leaders PSG extended their lead on second-placed Lille to 17 points after the northern side’s 1-1 draw at Strasbourg on Friday, and snatched the record from Yannick Stopyra, who according to football statistics database Opta was 21 years, 11 months and nine days old when he hit his 50th top-flight goal in 1982.
“I work every day to try to help my team as much as possible,” Mbappe said to Canal+ after the win.
“Football is still fun for me, and scoring goals and breaking records is what drives me so I’m very happy.”
Christopher Nkunku’s 40th-minute strike, which came after a beautiful chipped pass from Marco Verratti, got the ball rolling for Thomas Tuchel’s side against mid-table Nimes, who had goalkeeper Paul Bernadoni and poor PSG finishing — in particular from Mbappe — to thank for not taking an even heavier beating at the Parc de Princes.
This is not the first time the starlet has broken a record. The teen sensation took the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup by storm as he claimed the ‘Best Young Player of The Tournament Award’ at the coveted event in Russia. The Paris Saint-German (PSG) star also registered history by becoming the youngest footballer to score in the World Cup finals since Brazilian legend, Pele.
After his stellar performance in the World Cup, where he netted four goals, the striker was given the iconic number seven shirt this season at his club, PSG. Previously, he had donned the number-29 jersey he was given during the last term in his first campaign with the club.
Mbappe became the world’s second-most expensive player when he moved from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain for a whopping price of 180 million euros. He is second to his teammate, Brazillian international Neymar (222 million euros) in the all-time list of most expensive players.
(With AFP Inputs)