Kylian Mbappe set multiple records through his 2022 World Cup run
Argentina won their third World Cup on Sunday defeating France in the penalty shootout after a 3-3 draw in regulation. Kylian Mbappe, the sensational PSG forward, set multiple records on his way to earning a silver medal in Qatar.
In a final split into two completely different parts, Kylian Mbappe had to hand the World Cup bragging rights to teammate and Argentina leader Lionel Messi after losing Sunday's final.
Mbappe, who will turn 24 years old on Tuesday, still has plenty of reasons to celebrate what he's accomplished over the past month while in Qatar, though.
The young Frenchman set a lot of records and after having appeared in just two editions of the World Cup he's already one of the greatest performers on the largest of stages.
Just for a starter, Mbappe's eight goals over the 2022 World Cup made him the top goalscorer of the tournament, ending Messi of all men. He has already scored 12 in the competition and, again, he's still to turn 24 years of age or appear in more than two editions of the World Cup.
Kylian Mbappe's precociousness is unheard of. He should set multiple records through his France international career
Mbappe is just four goals shy of tying Miroslav Klose's record (16), and the former could very well reach the latter's tally when the ball gets rolling in America come 2026, perhaps even through the group stage alone.
The hat-trick of goals scored against Argentina on Sunday's final was just the second ever in the history of the competition. Only Geoff Hurst, all the way back in 1966 and more than 55 years ago, had done it before when he bagged four goals for England against West Germany.
All of his accolades weren't enough for Mbappe to trump Lionel Messi as officially the best player of the World Cup, though, with the Argentine playmaker getting that trophy.
That said, and despite France's defeat to Argentina, Mbappe will leave Qatar having scored more than one goal per game (eight in seven matches) and close to that average in World Cup competition (14 in 12 games over two editions).
Mbappe joined a select club of players with at least 12 goals scored in the history of the World Cup: Pele, Just Fontaine, Messi, Gerd Muller, Ronaldo Nazario, and Klose.
France won the 1998 and 2018 World Cups but couldn't become the first back-to-back winner of the tournament since Brazil did it for the last time in 1962 after winning the 1958 edition before.