Paris Saint-Germain attacker Kylian Mbappe became the club’s all-time top scorer after scoring the final goal in the club’s 4-2 Ligue 1 win over Nantes today.
It was Mbappe’s 201st goal for Les Parisiens. The goal made sure of PSG’s victory as they extended their lead over Marseille to 11 points.
Breaking this record was a crucial target for Mbappe when he decided to stay at the club despite being close to joining Real Madrid last summer.
Edinson Cavani held the record (200) as the club’s all-time scorer ahead of the mercurial Zlatan Ibrahimovic, despite spending a chunk of his playing time in Paris playing on the wing.
Mbappe broke that record today with a fine effort to beat Alban Lafont in the dying minutes of the game at the Parc des Princes.
The 24-year-old was wearing the captain’s armband when he scored the goal. The French international has grown into a leader of men, something his coaches have acknowledged.
Christophe Galtier recently named him the vice-captain of PSG, ousting Presnel Kimpembe. He is also on the shortlist to replace long-time Les Bleus captain Hugo Lloris who retired from international duty.
Mbappe has bagged 18 goals and three assists in Ligue 1 this season. He should have more assists as he has created 13 big chances. In the Champions League, he has netted seven goals and three assists.
Following a terrific 2022 World Cup campaign in which he finished as the top scorer and second-best player, he has continued to write his name in the record books.
All his CV is missing is a Champions League title and a Ballon d’Or win. Both will likely lie somewhere in his future.
The question is whether he will achieve these feats in a PSG jersey. Every summer, they face a fight to keep their superstar forward.
It is unclear whether Madrid will return for Mbappe this summer or in the future. Whichever club has him will be delighted to possess the top talent of his generation.
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