When Mbappe became youngest player to score in a World Cup final since Pele

By Michael Kachitsa

Kylian Mbappe became the youngest player to score in a World Cup final since Pele when he put France 4-1 ahead against Croatia.

The Brazilian superstar burst onto the scene back in 1958 at the age of just 17, scoring against Sweden in the final of that competition, and Mbappe has done so now in 2018 aged 19.

No teenager has scored in the showpiece match since Pele, a run that lasted 60 years, however the Paris Saint-Germain forward has enjoyed a phenomenal tournament.

The former Monaco forward is the third youngest player to take part in a World Cup final.

Mbappe has scored four goals in his seven appearances in Russia and only Pele bettered this return as a player competing at a World Cup whilst under the age of 20.

It was a World Cup in which few teenagers were taken to Russia but one of them, Kylian Mbappe, was among the very best of the entire tournament and claimed the official Young Player award on Sunday.

With a goal in the final, the Paris Saint-Germain star made it four in seven games with his pace, dribbling ability and confidence shining throughout.

The 19-year-old was named just before the trophy was lifted in Luzhniki Stadium with Luka Modric winning the Golden Ball for best player and Harry Kane the Golden Boot for top scorer.