How Kylian Mbappe failed to beat Pele’s World Cup record

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Kylian Mbappe became the second youngest player to score in a World Cup final on Sunday, beaten only by Pele’s legendary brace in the 1958 edition.

The PSG star fired home a low drive to score France’s fourth of the game against Croatia, not showing a hint of stage fright despite being just 19 years, six months and 23 days old at the time.

The finish made Mbappe the second youngest goalscorer in a World Cup final, beaten only by Pele, who was just 17 years, eight months and six days old when he scored twice for Brazil against Sweden sixty years ago.

The prodigious Mbappe also became the youngest player to play in and score in a World Cup final for France in the game, which he is unlikely to forget in a hurry.

However, Mbappe is only the third youngest player to play in a final in history, behind Pele and Bergomi (18 years, six months and 17 days).

The Brazil icon, a champion in 1958, 1962 and 1970, seems to be worried by Mbappe’s progress, as he cheekily congratulated the Frenchman on Sunday.

“If Kylian keeps equalling my records like this, I may have to dust my boots off again,” Pele posted on Twitter in reply to Mbappe’s picture of himself and the World Cup trophy.

Pele, like Mbappe, won the Best Young Player award at his first finals in 1958.


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