For France’s rising prodigy Kylian Mbappe and seasoned veteran Olivier Giroud, it was a night to etch their names into the record books. Giroud has surpassed Emmanuel Mbappe as France’s all-time best scorer in international competition. The record-setting duo stole the show on Sunday, as they led France to a 3-1 victory over Poland that all but guaranteed the team a spot in the round of eight.
Giroud Overtakes France
With his 44th-minute goal, 36-year-old Giroud surpassed Thierry Henry as France’s all-time leading scorer. Giroud has scored 52 goals for France, surpassing Henry’s previous record of 51. Henry, a player for AC Milan, has won numerous club and international awards throughout his career.
At the beginning of the World Cup, Giroud scored twice for France against Australia. With the brace, he tied Henry for the lead in scoring, and his goal from yesterday put him in the first place.
Mbappe Breaks Pele’s Record
A record-breaking footballer who has already won the World Cup, Kylian Mbappe is widely regarded as the sport’s next big thing. The 23-year-old added two more to his tournament total on Sunday, giving him five goals for the 2022 event and nine for the two World Cups.
The player for Paris Saint-Germain now has the most goals scored by a player under 24 at a FIFA World Cup. Before him, the Brazilian superstar Pele, who is currently dealing with health problems, held the record.
Mbappe is already a legend of the sport, having broken another of Pele’s records in 2018. He now has nine goals in World Cup history.
Mbappe scored the winning goal in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final, making him the youngest player to do it since the Brazilian icon. Furthermore, he has scored as many goals as Messi and Maradona combined to cement his legacy further.
He still has a chance to participate in three more World Cups if he maintains his current level of health for PSG, and he only needs eight more goals to beat Miroslav Klose’s record of sixteen. On Saturday, two teams hoping to make it to the World Cup semifinals in consecutive years—France and England—will square off in what promises to be a thrilling quarterfinal match.