3 Academy prospects Paris Saint-Germain didn’t capitalize03 April 2020 / Miguel Coelho
Paris Saint-Germain has an history of wasting their youth talent. Who are they?
The heir to the throne of world football continues to pulverize records at a pace that scares everyone. Kylian Mbappé scored last Wednesday against Galatasaray his 100th goal at club level and achieved another milestone in his short career on the pitch. A total of 73 strikes with his current club, Paris Saint Germain, and 27 with the team that launched him to stardom, Monaco, which translates into an average of more than 20 goals per season since he started playing in the elite with the Monegasques in 2015-16. A real feat of the earliest talent anyone can remember in this century.
These figures place the Parisian striker, once again, as the clear candidate to dominate this sport in the next decade, taking the witness of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who the last 15 years have starred in one of the more spectacular 'battles' that are remembered - with 11 Ballon d’Or between the two - and that already 'claim' the step forward of their successors. In fact, the world champion already improves the figures of the Argentine and Portuguese at his age, who were quite far from the scoring numbers of the PSG player.
The captain of Barcelona, ??when he was about to turn 21 – as Mbappé will do on December 20 -, had just finished his third season in the first team and had 27 goals between all competitions. For its part, the current Juventus striker had 16 goals at club level with the same age as Kylian and was living his second season at Manchester United. At that time, about to turn 21 - in 2005 and 2007 - Cristiano and Messi began to emerge greatly in the Premier League and LaLiga, but the world did not imagine what would come next: an era of goals and maximum rivalry which has made them write their names in gold in the world football history books.
Returning to the milestone of Mbappé, Messi achieved 100 goals with Barça on January 16, 2010, against Sevilla, with 22 years, 6 months and 23 days of age. Cristiano, meanwhile, did it with Manchester United on January 27, 2008, with 22 years, 11 months and 22 days. If those numbers were already impressive, Mbappé crushed them and reached a hundred goals with 20 years, 11 months and 21 days.
Now, both Cristiano and especially Messi are still at a great level, but with more than thirty years old and with the retirement on the horizon, as the Argentine recognized in the gala that crowned him for the sixth time with the Ballon d’Or. Meanwhile, a kid has put the fifth gear, he reached 100 goals - with 3 leagues and a World Cup behind him - and he is willing to leave behind anyone who gets in his way. At this rate, it will be difficult for anybody to compete with him.
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