7 World Cup records
Without a question, Kylian Mbappe is a player of a generation, and after winning one World Cup, there are more records we predict he will break in the future.
Mbappe’s meteoric rise to fame began with the 2018 World Cup, and he hasn’t looked back since. The French superstar now has an opportunity to help France win its second World Cup this year.
We have examined Mbappe’s World Cup statistics to date and have selected seven records that we think he will break throughout the course of his career.
With 16 goals in 24 games for Germany, Miroslav Klose holds the record for the most goals ever scored at a World Cup. In other words, he scored 0.66 goals on average for his nation at the World Cup.
Mbappe has just played in 12 games but has already scored nine World Cup goals, averaging 0.75 goals per game. In the 24 appearances it took Klose to break the record, he would have scored 18 goals if he kept the same ratio.
Mbappe, who is currently only 23 years old, has a good possibility of playing for France in three more World Cup competitions following this one.
Break the French goalscoring record
With 13 goals to his name, Just Fontaine now holds the record for the most World Cup goals scored by a French player. Amazingly, he scored all 13 goals in 1958 in just six games.
Mbappe might need a few more matches to complete his total, but he’s already within four goals of tying the mark that has stood for more than 60 years.
Scoring in multiple finals
Given that he scored in France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final, Mbappe is already in a fantastic position to break this record.
Only four players have ever scored in two or more World Cup finals, and only one player has ever scored in three or more World Cup finals.
With goals in the 1958 and 1962 finals, Brazil’s Vava is the only player to have ever scored in back-to-back World Cup finals. Pele, Paul Breitner, and Zinedine Zidane are the only other players to have scored in more than one championship game.
As of right now, Lionel Messi is the only player in World Cup history to have scored while still a teen, in his 20s, and in his 30s. With goals scored as a teenager in 2018 and as a 23-year-old in 2022, Mbappe has already accomplished two of those.
The PSG forward will become only the second player in World Cup history to score while still a teenager, in his twenties, and in his thirties if he makes it to the 2030 World Cup and scores.
Most goal contributions
Pele currently holds the record for having contributed to the most goals in World Cup history with 20. Although Mbappe will also be focused on this one, Lionel Messi currently has 19 and has a chance to break his record in the championship game.
Currently, the French forward is contributing to 12 goals at a rate of one goal per game. We can definitely see him breaking this record if he remains healthy for the upcoming tournaments.
Mbappe has already won 10 games in his two World Cup tournaments, and if France goes on to win the World Cup once more this year, he may win two more.
Klose not only has the most goals ever scored in a World Cup, but he also has the most victories. Mbappe will easily surpass the German forward’s 17 World Cup victories in a few years.
Most appearances for France
Hugo Lloris currently holds the French record for most World Cup appearances with 18, but Mbappe could undoubtedly surpass him as this is likely to be his final World Cup.
The 23-year-old needs six more games to tie Lloris’ record, which he could theoretically do at the 2026
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