Where does Mbappé stand in relation to the top Blues scorers?

Kylian Mbappé scored twice during the France team’s festival against South Africa (5-0), this Tuesday in a friendly in Lille. At 23, the PSG striker is ahead of the passing times of all the Blues’ all-time top scorers.

Author of a double during the France national team card against South Africa (5-0)On Tuesday in Lille, Kylian Mbappé scored his 25th and 26th goals in the tricolor jersey. An exceptional performance for the PSG striker. At just 23 years old, the world football phenom is already far ahead of the national team’s best managers, though he currently sits only 11th in the French rankings tied with sylvain wiltord. Enough to make him a serious contender for the record held by Thierry Henry and currently being pursued by Olivier Giroud.

Asked about this after the match against the Bafana Bafana, Kylian Mbappe He did not hide his ambitions for the future: “Of course (the record is a goal). Of course I always wanted to be the first everywhere, in the French team and in the club,” the 2018 world champion launched into the TF1 microphone. “There is still a long way to go because what ‘Titi’ has done hasn’t been done by anyone. I think I can get there much faster than you think.”

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Has Zidane already gotten into retro?

Currently seventh top scorer for the France team, with 31 pawns in 108 teams, Zinedine Zidane The Mbappé rocket should not resist for a long time. The new tricolor football star seems far ahead of the blue legend. Between his Cannes debut during the 1988-1989 season and his 23rd birthday on June 23, 1995, the former Blues No. 10 was far less prolific than his compatriot. After a convincing double in his first international match, in August 1994 against the Czech Republic (2-2), “Zizou” had to wait until September 1995 to score his third international goal during his sixth international match and the biggest victory of history of the Blues against Azerbaijan (10-0).

In terms of statistics, Kylian Mbappé is clearly ahead of the times of the 1998 world champion with 54 games and 26 goals at the same age. But for Zinedine Zidane’s defence, his inauguration into the France squad came later and coincided with the Blues’ heyday in the early 2000s following their fabulous World-Euro double.

Mbappé too strong for the Griezmann-Benzema duo

Package during the meeting of the Blues, Karim Benzema was able to watch Kylian Mbappé’s magnificent performance against South Africa in front of his television. Fifth top scorer in the history of the national team (36 achievements in 94 games) and still active, “KB9” can still hope to improve his record.

But that alone should statistically delay the acquisition of his young partner. At the same age as Kylian Mbappé, Karim Benzema had just signed for Real Madrid and had “only” scored 11 goals in 32 games with the shirt flanked by the rooster.

Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé during the France-Kazakhstan match in November 2021
Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé during France-Kazakhstan in November 2021 © Icon Sport

Decisive double passer against Bafana Bafana, Antoine Griezmann offered a goal to Kylian Mbappé on Tuesday night in Lille. Unknowingly, the current third best Blues director may have contributed to his own future downfall. At just 31 years old, he celebrated them on March 21, ‘Grizou’ has a record of 42 goals in 104 selections but his teammate from the France team is far ahead of him in terms of time.

At the same age as the PSG striker, in March 2014, Antoine Griezmann He only discovered the French team with a first game against the Netherlands and had not yet scored. After opening his counter in June 2014, in his third appearance, the Atlético de Madrid player has been doing very well ever since. He to the point of becoming indispensable in Didier Deschamps’ group.

Platini already doubles Mbappé

Triple winner of the Ballon d’Or and winner of the European Championship in 1984, Michael Platini He never managed to reach the World Cup final. But the former France national team playmaker played twice in the world semi-finals in 1982 and 1986. Coming to the Blues during a generational low, the number 10 allowed France to return to the top of world football. Fourth top scorer for the national team with 41 pawns in 72 games, the former UEFA president had to wait a few years before torturing defenses at international level.

Launched into the national team in March 1976 with a goal against the Czech Republic for the first time, “Platoche” finally scored ten goals before his 23rd birthday. Quite a long way, therefore, from the 26 achievements of Kylian Mbappé, but Michel Platini does not seem to be against him. Otherwise.

During an exceptional interview at RMC, the former captain of the France national team was enthusiastic about the prodigy of PSG and the Blues: “We have lived 15 extraordinary years with two exceptional players who have won everything. Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi. Kylian Mbappé is in pole position for the future, released Michel Platini at the show rothen lights up. The future is in front of him, he can win it all. He is the player who should be the future big star for years to come.”

And Michel Platini continues: “We do not live on titles when we are 60 years old, we live on the charisma that we have given to the fans and spectators. I do not know Kylian, I never met him in my life. But I read some things. It is true that he wants to win it everything. It’s good that he wants to win everything. I also wanted to win everything but I didn’t say so (laughs). He’s the best French player right now. He has everything. Being the best, being the Ballon d’Or several times”.

Giroud was born (too) late

Launched in search of Thierry Henry’s record, Olivier Giroud responded present during the month of March. Absent since the end of the European Championship and Karim Benzema’s comeback with the Blues, ‘Gigi’ scored against during the wins against the Ivory Coast (2-1) and South Africa (5-0). With 48 achievements in the tricolor jersey, the 35-year-old veteran seems capable of equaling or even surpassing Thierry Henry and his 51 goals for the national team.

However, even if he one day takes the record from the former Monegasque, the AC Milan man risks being erased from the history books by Kylian Mbappé. Revealed in the pros later, Olivier Giroud He did not play a single game for the Blues until he was 25 years old. Consequently, the former Montpellier, Arsenal or Chelsea player had to wait until he was closer to 26 years old to unlock his counter in the French national team in February 2012. Keeping up the same pace, Kylian Mbappe looks set to outshine his eldest. the French group.

Henry’s double record in jeopardy

Originally from the Paris region, but trained and revealed in Monaco, Kylian Mbappé immediately remembered Thierry Henry. As the current top scorer in the history of the French national team (51 goals in 123 selections), the PSG star won the World Cup a few months after his debut in the tricolor jersey. Launched in 1997 in the team of Aimé Jacquet, “Titi” Henry was crowned in 1998 by scoring three goals during the hexagonal World Cup. All with only 21 years.

In 2018, during the Blues’ second coronation during the World Cup in Russia, Kylian Mbappé did even better with four pawns, including one in the final. Above all, the Bondynois did it even before celebrating his twentieth birthday. In view of the goal record still held by Thierry Henry, Kylian Mbappé exploits all intermediate times.

If Thierry Henry had scored “only” eight goals and given only one assist in twenty teams at the same age, Kylian Mbappé impresses. At 23 years, 3 months and 9 days old, the new strong man of the France team already has 26 goals and 21 offers for the Blues.

Beyond the record of goals in selection of Thierry HenryTherefore, the PSG striker can also aim for the mark with the highest number of assists, also in the hands of “Titi” with 27 caviars. Before becoming France’s all-time leading goalscorer, the 23-year-old forward has a good chance of capturing his illustrious predecessor’s record for assists based on his passing times. But more than ever, let’s not talk about Kylian Mbappé’s age.

Jean Guy Lebreton RMC Sports journalist

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