After Ending 4-Game Goal Drought, Kylian Mbappe Matches 58YO Record Set by Tottenham Hotspur Legend

Published 10/22/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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In the world of sports, records often serve as time capsules, preserving the feat of legends who once graced the pitch. Abiding by this fact, Kylian Mbappe has once again proven his credentials. The Frenchman is widely regarded as one of the most talented soccer players on the planet. Recently, Mbappe etched his name into the record books once again, as he matched a 58-year-old record, during PSG’s last match.

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Though the PSG icon has consistently found himself in the headlines surrounding his future, it is his recent achievement that takes center stage, this time. Let’s delve into the captivating story of Kylian Mbappe, and his glory on the pitch.

Kylian Mbappe attains historic feat

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On a chilly evening in Paris, PSG locked horns with rival Ligue 1 side Strasbourg. Although the Parisians clinched a comfortable 3-0 victory, it was their star forward Kylian Mbappe’s goal that relieved the supporters and fans. Mbappe has been struggling with an unexpected goal drought in his past few games with PSG. However, when PSG was awarded an early penalty against Strasbourg, Kylian Mbappe stepped up to score from the spot. This wasn’t just another goal, it was a record-leveling goal.

When Kylian Mbappe found the back of the net, he equaled a record set by the Tottenham Hotspur legend, Jimmy Greaves, way back in 1965. With the penalty goal in his latest match with PSG, the star forward has now scored a total of 172 goals in his career, before turning 25 years old. It is a remarkable feat, considering that Greaves was an icon of his time, and Kylian Mbappe is well on his way to becoming one of the soccer greats.

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He is currently PSG’s top scorer in the Ligue 1. He has successfully netted 9 goals in 10 appearances for the French capital this term. With his masterclass conversion from the penalty spot, Mbappe played a pivotal role in the victory against Strasbourg. This performance not only ended Mbappe’s four-game goal drought but also launched him into the history books, matching a record unbroken for about six decades.

Though Mbappe has leveled the record made by Tottenham Hotspur legend Jimmy Greaves, there’s more glory inevitable for the French star. Not turning 25 until December, the Frenchman still has ample time to surpass Greaves’s record in the seven Ligue 1 games that remain before his birthday in December. And considering his rate of finding the back of the net, it’s more a question of ‘when,’ rather than ‘if.’

Mbappe continues the legacy of Jimmy Greaves

Jimmy Greaves had a remarkable soccer career that spanned 14 years in the top tier. He majorly represented Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in the first division in his career, along with a brief stint with AC Milan in Italy. Greaves, who is also a World Cup winner with England, with his prolific scoring ultimately hung up his boots after slotting in 307 goals across his career.

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While Mbappe leveling his tally with Greaves is an exceptional milestone, it’s just one of many in his career that will continue to grow. He is already PSG’s all-time leading goalscorer and appears poised to claim yet another Ligue 1 Golden Boot, having topped the standings in each of the previous five seasons. Mbappe has won a total of 5 Ligue 1 titles, and 3 Coupe de France crowns, while leading PSG to a historic UEFA Champions League final in the 2020-21 season.

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As the soccer world applauds Kylian Mbappe for achieving this record-breaking feat, his focus is now on the upcoming challenge for PSG. PSG is set to face AC Milan in their upcoming Champions League clash, and they’ll be hoping to return to winning ways in Europe as well.

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Sahil Sharma

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Sahil Sharma is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. He's been a fan since childhood, but his love for the sport truly took off when Real Madrid won their record 10th UEFA Champions League title in 2014. That famous La Decima triumph turned him into a hardcore Madridista.
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