Alejandro Panfil - @alepanfil
As we have mentioned previously, Kylian Mbappe is sure to be the next king of soccer after Lionel Messi’s retirement. The wonder kid, 21 years old, is not only a World Champion but he is on his way to winning many more titles with Paris Saint Germain and becoming the highest goalscorer in the history of the club.
This brilliant player arrived at the Park of Princes having scored 27 goals in two seasons for Monaco. In PSG he scored 21 in his first season and in the following, he scored 39 goals. In the current season, he has scored 30 goals so far. So, in total, Kylian has 90 goals which means that he has, in just three seasons, become the seventh striker in the list of the top scorers in the French club.
Let's check who the strikers on that list are. Edinson Cavani, the Uruguayan, (7 seasons in the Parisian squad and about to sign for Benfica of Portugal) is in the number one position and he’s logged 200 goals. The wonderful Sweden, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is in the second place with 159 goals (4 seasons from 2012 to 2016) and the Portuguese Pedro Pauleta with 109 (5 seasons since 2003 to 2008) complete the Top 3. Dominique Rocheteau (100 goals in 7 seasons), Mustapha Dahleb (98 goals in 10 seasons) and Francois M’Pelé (95 goals in 6 seasons) rank ahead of Mbappe, who’s followed by Safet Susic (85), Angel Di Maria (81) and Rai (72) who complete the Top Ten.
If we think about the brilliant career of Mbappe until the present and his promising future in soccer, it is not too difficult to imagine that he will be improving his skills and increasing his goal numbers. The time variable seems to be the only variable with real influence in Mbappe’s potential in terms of becoming the number one stricker in the history of PSG. That is, if he stays in this team and is not tempted financially by the bigger and traditionally more powerful European Clubs.
It is well-known that Mbappe continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid, a giant which is constantly looking for a star player who can follow in Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps. The situation is this: in order to get his contract, Florentino Pérez, president of the Merengues, is willing to give a blank check to the French player who, according to Transfermarket, is valuated in 180 million Euros. On the opposite side, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, actual president of the millionaire PSG, has recently said he doesn't want to lose his main star: “Neymar and Kylian will never leave, they will stay at PSG”. Unfortunately for him, a talented player like Mbappe will naturally evolve to compete in stronger leagues and will, eventually, need to move to another Club.
With 90 goals in PSG (126 goals in total as a professional and 1 World Cup, 4 Ligue 1, 2 Coupe de France, 2 Coupe de la Ligue and 1 Trophée des Champions), we can speculate that for this player the sky is the limit. He might even become the PSG Top Scorer in a couple of seasons, especially if his numbers continue to grow as fast as they have until now. Mbappe has proven to the soccer world that he depends on his own wishes and expectations for the rest of his career, because money does not seem to be the problem for the clubs that are disputing his contract.