Kylian Mbappe has described comparisons to Pele as “flattering” but maintains that the Brazil legend is in “another category” when all’s said and done.
The France forward scored twice as Les Bleus clinched an emphatic 4-3 victory over Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the second round of the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.
The 19-year-old’s two-goal haul makes him the first teenager to score twice in a World Cup game since Pele managed the feat against Sweden in 1958 final.
“I’m very happy and it’s flattering to be the second teenager [to score twice in a World Cup game] after Pele but let’s put things in context: Pele is another category,” the Paris Saint-Germain star told reporters after the game. “But it’s good to be among these people.
“As I’ve already and always said, at a World Cup you have all the top-level players, so it’s an opportunity to show what you can do and what your abilities are. There’s no better place than a World Cup.”
Mbappe is now also the first teenager to score multiple goals in a World Cup tournament since Michael Owen for England in 1998.