Kylian Mbappe is just 19 years old but his pace and the way he played the match he tore into shred Argentina’s star footballer Messi. Football fans are considering him as the combination of Brazilian Ronaldo and his compatriot Thierry Henry, the exciting Mbappe is here to stay. Teenagers have seldom flourished at the World Cup but a 19-year-old Frenchman took the 21st edition by storm in Kazan on Saturday. Being just a teenager he is compared with the god of football the legendry pele. The 19-year-old Frenchman emulated the great Brazilian to inspire his country’s first competitive win over Argentina.
The Frenchman has scored three goals here. More than his brace against Argentina, the manner in which he scored them stood out. Mbappe set the tone for the match with a blistering run from his own half that would culminate in a penalty. Although Argentina defender Marcos Rojo had been standing well ahead of the forward in his own half, he couldn’t catch him. Rojo eventually resorted to non-football methods to stop Mbappe. Few contemporary footballers can run so fast with the ball.
Franco Armani goalkeeper of Argentina could have stopped Mbappe’s first goal, which gave France a 3-2 lead, but the beauty wasn’t the finish but in the build-up. Doing that in such a small space in the midst of opponents wasn’t easy. He would then score with a brilliant first-time shot to put France 4-2 ahead. One from the left and another from the right meant a blow to Argentina’s solar plexus, and also the birth of a new star.