Kylian Mbappe has once again proved his authority in being one of the best players of his generation after he surpassed Just Fontaine’s record for scoring the most number of goals for club and country in a single season. He scored the 54th goal for his club and country, breaking the legend’s record, as his side went on to beat Greece 1-0 in the European qualifying campaign.
Kylian Mbappe sets a unique milestone
Kylian Mbappe- the name has been already in the history books since the 2018 World Cup, when he became the youngest player to win the most coveted tournament as he etched his name in the records. He was a 20 year old guy then, just waiting to be established in the biggest stage as he was slowly becoming a household name in France, as he gradually was rising through the ranks of football. His side defeated Argentina and thumped Croatia in the finals by 4-2, winning the world cup after more than twenty years as Didier Deschamps notched in heaven by becoming another manager to win the tournament both as a player and a manager.
Four years later, in 2022, Kylian Mbappe is one of the best footballers in this generation competing equally with the likes of legendary stalwarts like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, having played with the Argentine maestro in the Paris Saint-Germain colors. He is compared with several Paris greats like Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he has achieved the legendary status along with others.
A great for country too
Besides achieving accolades for the club, he has also one of the pivotal members of the French national team and is a regular starter. He has been playing with several legends of French football like Olivier Giroud, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann and is touted to surpass them as one of the French greats.
Last night, he etched his name into the record boards once again as he scored the most goals for club and country combined in a single season, surpassing the French record held by another French stalwart Just Fontaine, since 1957-58 season. He scored the 54th goal of the season, overtaking Fontaine as he clocked 53 goals 66 years ago. As a result, his side extended the 100% record in the European Championship qualifiers, defeating Greece 1-0 in Group B, maintaining the perfect streak.
Initially, his spot kick was blocked by Greek goalie Vlachodimos as he palmed away the ball, but the Mbappe could thank his stars last night as referee spotted an infringement in the penalty line, thus ordering for a retake, where Mbappe broke the record.
Mixed results for others
In same group B, it took Ireland more than the first half as they could not break into the Gibraltar defensive backline as they seemed to be a tough nut to crack. But, soon they smashed 3 goals after 52 minutes where goals from Mikey Johnston, Evan Ferguson and Adam Idah sealed the deal for the Irishmen.
It was a tough night for Ukraine as it took them 72 minutes to penetrate the lowly Malta defense as a fortunate penalty on the 72nd minute from Viktor Tsygankov strengthened their position on the second place, after England hammered North Macedonia 7-0, thanks to a brilliant hattrick from Arsenal talent Bukayo Saka.
In Group D, it was just not the night for the Welsh as they succumbed to a defeat in the hands of Turkish as Arda Guler and Umut Nayir combined to confirm their top position, whereas in Group H, it was Daniel Hakans who can say proudly it was his night as he scored a hattrick, helping Finland to fixate their position on top.