Kylian Mbappé was sensational for France against Argentina and even equalized Pele’s record of scoring two goals in a FIFA World Cup game at the age of 19. “It’s flattering to be second to Pele,” Mbappe said. “But we’re going to put things in context. Pele, that’s another category.” The PSG striker is one of the best young talents all over the football world and is the second most expensive player (€180 million) in the world, second only to his club-mate Neymar (€222 million).
Messi was hoping to carry his team to the quarterfinals, but it was Mbappé who stole the show.
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The questions arise, Is he the heir to end Messi and Ronaldo era? Can he be consistent with his performances? Can he keep himself away from injuries?
At the age of 19, Messi was destroying the defense of big European clubs single-handedly while Ronaldo was writing his history at Manchester United.
Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the football world for over a decade, and their rivalry has brought the best of them. The Ballon d’Or, an annual award that’s given to the best player in the world has been a shared commodity for them. Both Messi and Ronaldo have won the award five times each, clearly dominating the last decade. Can Mbappe replace these two GOATS?
Well, it’s too early to tell.
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The young Frenchman World Cup performance has been extraordinary so far and will undoubtedly inflate his price tag remarkably. Rumour has it, Real Madrid want to allegedly snap him away from the French Capital, and at 19 he would be a fantastic long-term investment.
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Comparisons to Messi and Ronaldo will be unfair to Mbappe. The only thing that we can say with certainty is that the youngster has immense potential and very well could become the best in the world.