On Saturday night, Kylian Mbappe scored his 201st goal for Paris Saint-Germain, making him the club’s all-time leading scorer. Paris Saint-Germain are the reigning champions of Ligue 1.
The French international, who is 24 years old, re-upped his contract with PSG in the previous year, despite having the opportunity to join Real Madrid.
It is thought that one of the objectives of his contract extension was to beat Edinson Cavani’s scoring record for the club, which he has already accomplished. His contract was extended so that he could do so, and he has now done so.
With PSG’s 4-2 triumph against Nantes, Mbappe wrote his name in the annals of sports history.
The World Cup champion scored in the dying seconds of the match to etch his name even further into the annals of the club’s history.
The goal also put Christophe Galtier’s squad 11 points ahead of Marseille in second place in Ligue 1, where they now sit in second place.
Mbappe’s expert finish made the difference in breaking the record.
Timothee Pembele, a young player for PSG, grabbed control high up on the field and then produced a low cross that was sent directly to Mbappe’s feet.
The striker got a touch on the ball with his right foot, then turned and finished the play by sweeping the ball home with his left foot.
Mbappe, speaking at the end of the game, referred to playing for Paris Saint-Germain as a “privilege.”
“Becoming a PSG player is a privilege for me since this is my hometown. I came to France, to the nation’s capital, to my home country, and to my hometown in order to make history. It’s lovely, but what I really want are some successes for the team as a whole.”
After the game, in order to recognise Mbappe’s accomplishment, PSG presented him with a unique trophy inscribed with the number 201.
In PSG’s all-time scoring list, he is currently first, passing Edinson Cavani (200 goals), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (156), Neymar (118), and Pauleta (109), a Portuguese attacker. Just in December, he turned 24 years old.
The summer of 2017 saw the Frenchman make the move from Ligue 1 rivals Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain, initially on loan. Since making that move, he has been extremely productive, as evidenced by the fact that he has already reached his most recent milestone in just 247 games. Cavani, on the other hand, appeared in 301 matches for the club based in Paris.
As Mbappe’s original agreement was about to end in June last year, rumours circulated that he would be leaving PSG to sign with Real. Despite this, he changed his mind about the move a few weeks before the summer window opened.
Mbappe’s current contract is set to end in June of 2025; however, it is claimed that owing to a condition in the paperwork, he will be able to leave PSG without having to pay a transfer fee in 14 months’ time.
With his most recent victory, the 2017 Golden Boy champion does not have many more opportunities for success in Paris.
Mbappe’s ambition to become Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time greatest scorer was reportedly one of the reasons why he signed a new contract with the club, as stated by the French publication L’Equipe.
It is said of the player that they are “extremely devoted” to breaking records and achieving achievements that are beyond reproach.
Throughout his career in French football, Mbappe has already won a number of prestigious awards, including five titles in Ligue 1 and three in the French Cup.
At this point, the only thing that is still up for grabs for him at PSG is the Champions League. The French giants have yet to win their first European Cup. They are still waiting.
The most important dilemma for Mbappe is whether he should strive to win the European Cup for Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes or whether or not to join Real Madrid, who are the current holders of the European Cup, to increase his likelihood of capturing the championship.
It’s possible that playing in the Premier League might pique his interest as well.