Kylian Mbappé does not yet know if he will be world champion for the second time, two days before his 24th birthday. It would make a great birthday and early Christmas present. There isn’t, and three rather steep steps must be climbed. Including the first against England on Saturday night. What the Blues number 10 can be almost certain of at this point is that he will not be far from the title of top scorer at the World Cup.
After four games, the Parisian has already scored 5 goals. Statistically, this is quite unusual if we consider that since Gerd Müller’s 10 goals at the 1970 Mexico World Cup, ten of the twelve top scorer titles have been won with 6 goals – the norm – or less (5 goals in 2006 and 2010 ). Only Grzegorz Lato in 1974 and Ronaldo in 2002 went higher after their crown: 7 achievements for the Pole, 8 for the Brazilian.
Mbappé on pole, Messi among the 2nd: the ranking of goalscorers
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In short, with five goals on the clock, Kylian Mbappé is already in a favorable position, especially because if the competition is still long and a cohort of pursuers follow him on 3 goals, including Lionel Messi (Argentina), Marcus Rashford (England) , Bukayo Saka (England), Cody Gakpo (Netherlands), Richarlison (Brazil), Gonçalo Ramos (Portugal) and Olivier Giroud (France), all still in contention, his margin places him in a comfortable pole position. A successful course for the Blues would go a long way in helping him secure his good.
Mbappe = Ronaldo 2002
Five goals after four games played is of course a rarity. Just Fontaine had scored 6 in the first round of the 1958 World Cup and after four games he posted a tally of 8 units on the way to his 13 performances in 6 games. In 1994, Igor Salenko, the man of the quintuple against Cameroon, had struck 6 times in three games. But the road to Russia had stopped there. The Frenchman’s track is seriously approaching that of Ronaldo from 2002, who had also already scored five times before the quarter-finals of the competition.
Kylian Mbappé has already launched in the footsteps of Klose and Ronaldo
Credit: Quentin Guichard
If we take a step back and add his turnovers from 2018 and 2022 together, Mbappé already has 9 achievements. By the next goal, in Qatar or later, he would join the top 8 top scorers in World Cup history, up to Gary Lineker (England), Thomas Müller (Germany) or Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina). In front of him there would be “only” Miroslav Klose (16 goals), Ronaldo (15), Gerd Müller (14), Just Fontaine (13), Pelé (12), Sandor Kocsis and Jürgen Klinsmann (11). Which gives an impression of the young man’s performance at the age of 24 in December.
Already the earliest with 9 goals, ahead of a certain Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Kylian Mbappé can imagine going higher soon. And if Thomas Müller, 10 goals at the age of 24, is another example of the famous “everything goes very quickly in football, one way or another”, while the German, now 33, has no longer marked after 2014 , we can be quite optimistic for Mbappé. A priori, he will probably climb a few extra steps and go to tease the top of the standings.
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