France’s PSG superstar Kylian Mbappé fired an historic hat-trick to keep Les Bleus in the World Cup final against Argentina – and claim the Golden Boot – but it wasn’t enough to clinch back-to-back trophies as Lionel Messi & co. won 4-2 on penalties (3-3).
Record after record
He also converted France’s first penalty of the shoot-out – his third of the game! – but he had at that point already clinched the Golden Boot, the award for the tournament’s top scorer (eight goals) – level with record holder Ronaldo (the real one!) for goals in a single tournament. That took him level with Lionel Messi and Pele on 12 in total (following his four-goal haul in Russia in 2018) and just four shy of all-time leader Miroslav Klose of Germany (16).
And the Paris Saint-Germain man had also already become the first man to equal Geoff Hurst’s 60-year-old record of scoring a hat-trick in a World Cup final, and now tops the all-time list for goals in finals, with four.
France fans know that the Boy from Bondy – who turns 24 on Tuesday – could well have another three World Cups at which to thrill fans and rack up yet more records in his quest to be in the same conversation as club-mate Messi. Bring it on!
According to www.ligue1.com. Source of photos: internet