Kylian Mbappe overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane as French star tipped for future Ballon d’Or after wow in World Cup win over Poland


Kylian Mbappe leapfrogged soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo in goals scored at the World Cup with his brace against Poland.

The 23-year-old netted twice for the Blues in the knockout round clash, with Paris Saint-Germain once again adding to his ever-growing goalscoring tally.


Mbappe is one of the best talents in football

With just over 15 minutes to play, Mbappe fired a powerful shot through the middle of the goal and into the roof of the net to double France’s lead.

He then added a third towards the end, this time curling a magnificent effort into the top right corner.

The youngster now has five for the tournament so far and nine in total during his time at the World Cups, which sees him leapfrog Ronaldo’s eight goals, having done so in 11 games, nine less than the Portuguese superstar.

Mbappe is also the first Frenchman to score four or more goals in different tournaments, with the striker only appearing in his second World Cup.

Thanks to his efforts against Poland, he is now level with Lionel Messi and David Villa, and one behind Gary Lineker and Thomas Muller.

Mbappe’s first goal of the game also saw him overtake French footballing icon Zinedine Zidane for goals for the national team. Zidane has scored 31 goals for France over a 12-year spell, while Mbappe now has 33.

The Frenchman again provided the goods for France


The Frenchman again provided the goods for France

“He’s world class, you can see that. He’s a future Ballon d’Or winner… if you’re a defender taking on him you just hope he gets the day off,” former England international Lianne Sanderson said in a commentary for talkSPORT 2 .

Mbappe was also on hand to help Olivier Giroud for their first goal, the latter’s finish seeing him overtake Thierry Henry and become France’s all-time top scorer with 52 goals.

It was relatively easy for them against Poland, with the two-time winners now in the quarter-finals.

Robert Lewandowski scored a consolation penalty for the losing side to put it on two goals at the World Cup.

However, it was the French who crossed over, and they will now play England’s winner against Senegal.

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