World Cup 2022: Kylian Mbappé did not imitate Pelé but the future belongs to him

Kylian Mbappé with the Golden Shoe, rewarding the top scorer of the World Cup.


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Kylian Mbappé was on the verge of winning his second consecutive World Cup and thus imitating his idol the Brazilian Pelé, who had achieved the double in 1958 and 1962. But the French striker will nevertheless have marked this 2022 World Cup with his performances.

And that's just the beginning.


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The idea that everything is fast with Kylian Mbappé is not just an impression, because with him, records go as fast as his ball strides.

Sunday, December 18, during the

World Cup final

against Argentina, the PSG player certainly missed the opportunity to join the giant Pelé as a player who managed to retain his title of world champion, but he posed few golden stones on the legend he is building.

He thus joined… Pelé as the sixth top scorer in the history of the World Cup with his 12 goals in two appearances.

After his four goals in 2018, his eight goals at this tournament in Qatar crowned him Golden Boot of the

2022 World Cup


Only player to score four goals in the World Cup final

With his hat-trick in the final, Kilian Mbappé also became the first player to score three goals in the World Cup final, since England's Geoffrey Hurst 56 years ago.

The English world champion thus congratulated him on Sunday.


My congratulations to Mbappé, and whatever happens, I had a great time! 

“Tweeted Sir Geoff, 81, after the Frenchman’s third goal.

In any case after these three goals, and with the one scored against Croatia in 2018, the child of Bondy is now the only player to have scored four goals in the World Cup finals.

At almost 24, he will be on Tuesday, December 20, Kylian Mbappé will have the opportunity to improve his records since he will only be 27 and 31 in the next two editions.

With a Cristiano Ronaldo who sees the end of his career, a Lionel Messi, perhaps, sated with titles, the French striker appears as the next global phenomenon.

And with him, everything goes very quickly.

Many congratulations to Mbappe, whatever happens.

I've had a great run!

— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) December 18, 2022


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