France thrashed the Netherlands 4-0 in Matchday one of the Euro 2024 qualifiers in Group B. Les Blues was already cruising in the first ten minutes after a clinical strike from Antoine Griezmann and a fortunate tap-in for Dayot Upamecano after the Dutch keeper made a mess of it. Another two goals from star man and new captain Kylian Mbappe sealed the victory.
Mbappe scored the third goal of the match in the 21st minute after a brilliant through ball from youngster Aurelin Tchouameni and Mbappe bursting through for a clean finish. A brilliant run through the defence after some lovely feints and drilling it into the bottom corner in the 88th minute sealed the victory.
His brace saw him surpass retired teammate Karim Benzema with 38 goals and saw him move now in the Top 5 all-time goalscorers for the French men’s national team. The PSG forward has been crucial for their triumph in the 2018 World Cup winning the young player of the tournament award and has since developed into one of the most feared strikers in Europe. He won the Golden Boot in the 2022 World Cup being runners up in the competition.
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He became the youngest player in French history to reach that goal mark and started playing just six years ago for the team. Furthermore, Mbappé is also the fifth-best performer in France’s history when it comes to playmaking. The 24-year-old registered his 20th assist with Les Bleus on Friday. Being only 24 years of age, there is still more to come from the player and without a doubt become of the best players in football history.
A look at Kylian Mbappe’s impressive career so far
Kylian Mbappe is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world and is a frontrunner for the 2023 Ballon d’Or award. Many regard him as the prime candidate to be the heir to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after their retirement. He was recently named French captain following Hugo Lloris’ retirement.
Mbappe scored 15 Ligue 1 goals in his first full season with the Monaco senior team. It was the most ever by a teenager in Ligue 1. He thrived alongside the more experienced Randamel Falcao winning the Ligue 1 title and reaching the Champions League semifinals which earned him a big-money transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, becoming the most expensive teenager in football history in the process.
He scored the most goals in the FIFA World Cup Finals. Despite being only 24, Kylian Mbappe has already played and scored in two FIFA World Cup finals. Mbappe has scored four goals in two appearances in the FIFA World Cup finals. No other player in the history of the competition has more than three. He notably ended up with the Golden Boot in the 2022 World Cup after scoring eight goals for France.
Kylian Mbappe is the only player in the history of Ligue 1 to be named the league’s top scorer and top assist provider in the same season. He finished last season with 28 goals and 19 assists in the league for Paris Saint-Germain. Furthermore, Kylian Mbappe entered his name into the record books once more at PSG as he broke the club’s goalscoring record. The French forward is now the club’s record goalscorer, having surpassed the record previously held by Edinson Cavani.
Arpan is Football editor at Firstsportz. He's a sports buff with a special interest in football and follows almost all the leagues. He loves reading strategies and translating underlying stats. Apart from football, He's also interested in cricket, tennis, Olympic sports and NBA.
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