Kylian Mbappé, Pelé’s chosen successor / Brazil / Pelé’s death / December 30, 2022 / SOFOOT.com
Throughout his life, Pelé always complimented Kylian Mbappé, whom he himself designated as his successor. Kyks has only two World Cups to face to match his eldest son.
In the footsteps of the King
Pele didn’t wait to see a watch brand force the bout to send praise to Kylian Mbappé. It must be said that the former Monaco striker is the only one to have followed in the Brazilian’s footsteps at the World Cup. And especially in 2018 when Kyks became the second youngest player to score at least two goals in a knockout match at a World Cup behind… Pele who had jumped on the phone to congratulate his padawan: “Congratulations Kylian Mbappé, two goals in such a young World Cup put you in good company. » A few days later, Bondy’s boy had planted a pawn against Croatia to become the second youngest scorer in a World Cup final behind… Pele who had once again rushed to his smartphone: “If Kylian keeps equaling my records like this, I might have to dust off my cleats. » A few weeks later, Pelé spoke on the Canal + microphone about this affiliation which unites him with Mbappé: “He won the World Cup at 19, I was only 17. I chastised him, telling him he was almost up to me. I think he could become the new Pele! Many think he says it for fun, but no, it’s not a joke. To make me happier, you have to win another World Cup now. » A wish that has not yet been fulfilled, even if Mbappé was just a penalty away from becoming the second player under 24 to win two CDMs after Pelé. But in Qatar the Blues striker still took the opportunity to surpass his eldest son in the number of goals scored by an under-24 player at the World Cup (12 against 7) and in the number of pawns planted in the final. 4 against 3). This time Pele didn’t have the strength to pick up the phone to congratulate him.
A designated successor
Little known for his modesty, Pelé never really thought he could have an heir: “Records are meant to be broken, but it will be difficult to beat mine. People always ask me when the new Pele will be born. Never ! My father and mother closed the factory. » Yet since then there have been thousands of players labeled “New Pele”. Oh King put away the crampons. But no one obviously lived up to that nickname after Pele, who still often complimented Neymar, who equaled his goalscoring tally for Brazil during the World Cup in Qatar. Only that Kylian Mbappé arrived and very quickly attracted the attention of Pelé who was ecstatic for the Gazzetta dello Sport : “He can be my successor, it’s no joke. I see myself in his ability to play fast. He is a striker who thinks quickly. When the ball comes to him, he already knows where to go and how to direct the game. . It is true that the similarity between the two men is evident, whether from a physical, technical or precocious point of view. But Mbappé will have to whip to lift two new World Cups and equal the record of his eldest son who had launched a mission when he met in 2019: to score, like him, more than 1000 goals in his career. Only Kyks won’t count his goals in training.
By Steven Oliveira