The 2018 World Cup was the moment that shot Mbappe into stardom and he hasn’t looked back since. The French star now has the chance to win his second World Cup this year with France.
Miroslav Klose holds the record for the most goals ever scored at the World Cup with 16 goals in 24 appearances for Germany. That means he averaged 0.66 goals for his country at the World Cup.
Having played just 12 matches so far, Mbappe has already scored nine World Cup goals giving him a ratio of 0.75 goals per game. If he was to maintain the same ratio he would go on to score 18 goals in the 24 appearances it took Klose to break the record.
Given that Mbappe is only 23 years old right now, there is every chance that he features in another three World Cup tournaments for France after this year.
Break the French goalscoring record
Just Fontaine currently holds the record for the most World Cup goals scored by a French player with 13 strikes to his name. Amazingly so, it only took him six matches to score all 13 in 1958.
Mbappe might take a few more games to reach his tally but he is currently only four goals away from levelling the record that has stood for over 60 years.
Scoring in multiple finals
Mbappe is already in a great position to break this record given that he scored in France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final.
Throughout the history of the World Cup, only four players have scored in more than one final and only one player has ever scored in consecutive World Cup finals.
Brazil’s Vava is the only player to have ever scored in consecutive World Cup finals with goals in the 1958 and 1962 finals. The only other players to have scored in multiple finals have been Pele, Paul Breitner and Zinedine Zidane.
Lionel Messi is currently the only player in World Cup history to have scored as a teenager, in his twenties and in his thirties. Mbappe already has two of those ticked off with goals as a teenager in 2018 and as a 23-year-old in 2022.
If the PSG forward manages to make it to the 2030 World Cup and scores he will become the second player in World Cup history to have scored as a teenager, in his twenties and in his thirties.
Most goal contributions
As things stand Pele holds the record for the most goal contributions in World Cup history with 20. Lionel Messi is currently on 19 and could break his record in the final, but Mbappe will also have his eyes set on this one.
The French forward has 12 goal contributions as things stand at a rate of one goal contribution per game. If he’s fit for the next few tournaments we can definitely see him smashing this record.
Across his two World Cup tournaments so far Mbappe has already won 10 matches and he could win a further two if France go on to lift the World Cup again this year.
Along with holding the record for the most goals in World Cup history, Klose also holds the record for the most wins. The German forward has won 17 World Cup matches, which will be well in reach of Mbappe in a few years time.
Most appearances for France
Hugo Lloris holds the French record for the most World Cup appearances with 18, but as this is likely to be his last World Cup, Mbappe could definitely catch him up.
The 23-year-old is only six appearances away from matching Lloris’ tally which he could theoretically surpass at the next World Cup in 2026.
According to planetfootball.com. Source of photos: internet