In September 2016, aged 17 years and 282 days, Kylian Mbappé made his UEFA Champions League debut for Monaco. One entry at 77And minute in the 1-1 draw against Leverkusen. And since then? The answer in numbers.
• 66 selections, 36 goals
• 60 Champions League matches, 40 goals
• 239 domestic competition matches, 178 goals
Mbappé, facts and statistics
• Mbappé was 11 days shy of his 16And anniversary when he made his first appearance in UEFA competition, coming on as a substitute in the last 30 minutes of a 3-1 home defeat against Zenit in the UEFA Youth League.
• A year and a day later, he made his UEFA senior club competition debut, playing the last 34 minutes of a 4-1 defeat by Tottenham in the UEFA Europa League group stage. His team was already 3-0 down when he came off the bench, but he provided an assist.
Already in February 2016, UEFA.com singled him out in the so-called Nugget of the Week section, quoting the words of his father and mentor Wilfried: “He’s more than passionate, he’s crazy about football. I work in football and he almost discourages me because he is always there 24/7. He watches everything, he can see four or five games in a row. Training is fast with five goals in France’s victorious campaign at the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Germany. His team-mate Jean-Kévin Augustin went one better with six goals, but both players feature in UEFA.com’s team of the tournament.
• He hasn’t scored in his first three Champions League games (unsurprising given he only played 25 minutes in total). Instead, he did so after 40 minutes in the quarter, in a 5-3 defeat at Manchester City in the last 16 of the Champions League.
• He finished the 2016/17 Champions League season with six goals as Monaco reached the semi-finals and scored 15 Ligue 1 goals in 29 appearances.
• Scored his tenth Champions League goal in a 3-1 defeat against Bayern in December 2017, becoming the youngest player to reach that milestone at the age of 18 years and 350 days.
• 2018/19 saw Mbappé reach new heights with a league record 33 goals in just 29 appearances as Paris lifted the title. He was voted Ligue 1 Player of the Year after topping the league’s scoring charts, finishing 11 goals clear.
He scored two Champions League hat-tricks, both away; in the 5-0 victory over Club Brugge in October 2019 and in the 4-1 success at Barcelona in the 2020/21 round of 16. He scored a penalty in the second leg of that match to eclipse Lionel Messi and become the youngest player to reach 25 goals in the Champions League, aged 22 years and 80 days.
In addition to winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup with France and becoming the second player to score a hat-trick in the 2022 FIFA World Cup final, Mbappé has won four Ligue 1 titles (one with Monaco, three with Paris) and three French Cups (all with Paris) and also helped the capital club reach their first C1 final of 2020, with Paris losing 1-0 to Bayern in Lisbon.
• Overtook Edinson Cavani as the club’s all-time top scorer in European competition with his 31And goals in 48 Champions League appearances for Paris in a 1-1 home draw against Benfica in October 2022.
Mbappé scored five goals in France’s victory at the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Germany. His team-mate Jean-Kévin Augustin surpassed him with six goals, but both players have been chosen by UEFA.com editors to keep an eye on.
• Became the second-youngest player to play for France A when he made his debut against Luxembourg in March 2017. His first international goal came in a 4-0 win against the Netherlands five months later.
• Breaks another record when he becomes the youngest French goalscorer in World Cup history at the age of 19. He joined Pelé, the only player under 20 to score in a World Cup final, as France beat Croatia 4-2 to win the 2018 edition and was voted young player of the tournament.
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• A taste of international glory as France lifted the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League, but Les Bleus failed to retain the World Cup in 2022, losing on penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw with Argentina. During this competition, Mbappé became only the second player in history to score a hat-trick in the final (after Geoff Hurst for England in 1966) and finished as the tournament’s top scorer with eight goals. He is the only top scorer in World Cup finals with four goals, dethroning King Pele.
Mbappé has spoken to UEFA.com on several occasions and notably allowed us to witness a conversation between him and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet ahead of UEFA EURO 2020. Here’s what he had to say about his career so far when we spoke to him in spring 2021:
About his motivation
Every time I step onto the pitch, I tell myself I’m the best, yet I’ve played on the same pitch as (Lionel) Messi and Cristiano (Ronaldo), and they are better players than me! They have done a billion things more than me, but in my head I always tell myself that I am the best, because then you don’t limit yourself and try to give the best version of yourself. .
About the 2018 World Cup
Normally, winning a World Cup is the pinnacle of your career. It’s something you work towards at your club – you spend a few years there and you get to 27, 28, and the World Cup comes when you’re at the top of your game. I was lucky enough to get into it early and win it at 19, and I think that will help me for the other events.
On the Champions League
For me the UEFA Champions League is very important. We have lost in different stages, we have suffered. I think if I win it, there will be a lot of emotion. Even though the World Cup is the holy grail, for me, at club level, the UEFA Champions League is the best thing. As the anthem says, these are the best teams.
About his ambitions
I never said I would become the greatest player in history, but I never set limits. If I get to a certain level, I won’t stop by erecting a barrier, like, “If I get there, then it’s okay, it’s my best. No, I try to push my limits and see where it takes me. It’s been working fine for me so far and I will continue to do so until the end of my career.