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Five years of Kylian Mbappe: The remarkable young career of the PSG superstar

PSG ace Kylian Mbappe made his professional debut on 2nd December, 2015 for Monaco and has barely stopped scoring since.

 
8:00am on Wednesday 2nd December 2020
By
Robin Bairner

Kylian Mbappe will hope to celebrate the fifth anniversary of his professional debut with a decisive display against Manchester United in the Champions League.

His bow in the senior game arrived on 2nd December 2015, when as a raw 16-year-old he replaced Fabio Coentrao with two minutes remaining of a Ligue 1 match against Caen.

In doing so, he made history, becoming Monaco’s youngest ever first-team player. He has not stopped making history since then.

Now 21, he has become the game’s most expensive teenager, won the World Cup and created an avalanche of scoring records. Should he find the net at Old Trafford, it would be his 100th goal for PSG, he would become the youngest player to achieve this mark for the Parisians. Indeed, if he enjoys a particularly good spell before Christmas, could stand third on the club’s all-time scoring list.

To Mbappe, such milestones are passed seemingly every week.

It is understandable, then, that he is considered by many to be the natural heir to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the game’s next great superstar. Some might argue he has already elevated himself to that level.

Kylian Mbappe’s career statistics

As a forward with a superstar status, Mbappe naturally has a formidable goal scoring ratio.

Although he had already played the previous season for Monaco, it was during their title-winning campaign of 2016-17 that her truly came to the fore. A return of 15 goals in 29 league matches was impressive, doubly so when he had not even started the season as a front-line forward.

Mbappe at Monaco

SeasonGamesGoals
2015/16141
2016/174426
2017/1820

Even more formidable, though, was his return of six goals in nine Champions League games, including a strike in the quarter-finals.

The legend of Mbappe had been born.

After moving to PSG in the summer of 2017, he took his time to find his best level but still continued to score freely by the standards of most players. That rate accelerated dramatically in 2018/19, when he scored 33 times in 29 league games.

The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 saw the Ligue 1 season abandoned part way through. Mbappe already had 18 goals, and while it is unlikely he would have challenged his tally of the previous campaign, he would surely have flirted with the magical 30-goal mark once again.

Mbappe at PSG

SeasonGamesGoals
2017/184421
2018/194339
2019/203730
2020/21119

A return of nine strikes in eight matches so far this season means that over the last three years, he is averaging more than a goal in each league match he has played.

In the Champions League, meanwhile, he is effectively scoring a goal every second game, despite sharing the offensive burden with Neymar.

Mbappe for France

Mbappe skipped the France Under-21 side and went straight into the senior national team aged 18. He has since played 39 times for Les Bleus and has contributed 16 goals.

Initially, his career for his country started slowly. It took him until his fifth international to get off the mark and by the time he travelled with France for a pre-World Cup friendly in Russia in 2018, he still only had that strike to his name.

Mbappe for France

YearGamesGoals
2017101
2018189
201963
202053

A double in that encounter really saw him spring into life and four goals followed at the tournament proper, including one in the 4-2 win in the final over Croatia.

His last double was in the last-16 of that competition against Argentina, but he has netted with impressive regularity since.

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