After scoring two goals in their 3-1 victory over Poland, Kylian Mbappe has 9 goals in 11 World Cup games. He helped France to win their 2nd World Cup after Le Blues’ triumph back in 1998.
Two comfortable wins over Australia and Denmark helped France to secure their knockout stage spot. He scored 2 goals in their opening game against Australia and one more in the 2-1 win over Denmark.
What is Kylian Mbappe’s top speed?
Kylian Mbappe is a clinical finisher, but his greatest asset is his ability to run. Mbappe’s ability to cut through any defense with the ball on his feet has been compared to Messi, Ronaldo, and others.
After earning his move to PSG from AS Monaco, Mbappe was turning heads with his scoring abilities. The 19-year-old sensation was selected to lead France’s attacking line at the 2018 World Cup.
Kylian Mbappé hit 38km/h during his run to win France’s penalty, faster than Usain Bolt’s average speed in a 100m race. ⚡🚀
— Football Factly (@FootballFactly) July 1, 2018
Le Blues qualified for the knockout stages where they got matched up against Leo Messi-led Argentina. It was this match where everyone witnessed the start of a new era.
After Pavard scored one of the most aesthetically pleasing half-volleys in the history of the World Cup, Mbappe took it upon himself to finish the job. The Parisian tore through Argentina’s midfield and left three players in the mud.
Kylian Mbappe is SO. QUICK. pic.twitter.com/7BLP9ue9Ar
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) June 30, 2018
With only the goal and Marcos Rojo left in his sights, Mbappe made one final charge, Rojo decided to foul him and ended up awarding them a penalty. Amidst all this, Mbappe had just run at a top speed of 38 km/h to get past the Albicelste backline.
This game proved to everyone why PSG was ready to pay anything to keep him in the French Capital. France went on to win the match and subsequently the tournament.
How fast can Mbappe cover 40 yards?
Mbappe didn’t stop there as the 23-year-old scored a goal against Lile where he ran like he was floating. He managed to run at a high speed of 44 km/h and an average speed of 36 km/h, just a tad bit less than Usain bolt’s 37.5 km/h record-setting run.
Here’s the goal for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet… pic.twitter.com/XbIpcIKfrX
— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) December 10, 2017
Fans have long debated about who’s faster a soccer player or an NFL player. While soccer players have to run after the ball to showcase their speed, NFL players get to flaunt their speed at NFL Combine.
Every NFL player participates in this 40-yard dash to show the fans just how fast they are. In their 3-1 over Poland, a commentator even compared Mbappe’s run to a 40-yard dash and said the Frenchman can complete it in 3.8 seconds.
Fans seemed amused at this statement but who knows, maybe Mbappe can run this fast. The Frenchman will now be focusing on his quarter-final match against Croatia.