FIFA World Cup 2022: Is Kylian Mbappe The 'New Pele'?

Mbappe and Pele's World
Cup Record

French soccer star Kylian Mbappe's record-breaking performance at the Qatar FIFA World Cup is drawing comparisons to the all-time great Brazilian soccer legend Pele. 

Mbappe and Pele's World
Cup Record

Mbappe, in the match against Denmark, equalled Pele’s world record of seven goals in World Cups, making him the second player after Pele to reach that tally before turning 24

'The Greatest Football
Player Ever'

Pele started playing at the age of 15 and went on to become the only player to win three World Cups for his country Brazil. FIFA recognises Pele as the ‘Greatest football player ever'

Mbappe and Pele's Debut

Mbappe, much like Pele, saw an early start to his career. He played his first match for senior football club, Monaco, at the age of 16. A couple of years later, French football club PSG signed him for €180 million making him the most expensive teenage signing.

Pele's Father

Pele's father Dondinho was a football player. Late Brazilian footballer Waldemar de Brito had introduced Pele to club football

Kylian Mbappe's Father

Kylian's father, Wilfried Mbappe, too was a footballer. Wilfried was also Kylian's first coach. Kylian's mother Fayza Lamari was a national handball player

In the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Mbappe equalled Pele's two records, which placed them in an exclusive club of

- Teenagers to score in FIFA World Cup final

- Teens to score a brace at FIFA World Cup

Kylian Mbappe's
FIFA Records

Pele declared 'official national treasure'

After the 1958 and the 1962 World Cups, wealthy European clubs, such as Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United tried to sign Pele...

...but the Brazillian govt declared Pelé an "official national treasure" to prevent him from being transferred out of the country

Mbappe Career Highlights

Real Madrid youth team invited Mbappe to join them at the age of 11. Chelsea FC reached out to Mbappe when he was just 14. Eventually, Mbappe joined Monaco FC at the age of 16

Highest-Paid
Footballer In 2022

Kylian Mbappe beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to top the Forbes list of highest-paid footballers in 2022

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