As the 2021-2022 season ends this Monday for the France team with a match counting for the fourth day of the League of Nations against Croatia, Kylian Mbappé will have the opportunity to enter the top 10 of the top scorers in the history of the Blues. The hunt for Thierry Henry’s record has already begun.
Coming into play at the end of the match on Friday against Austria, Kylian Mbappé saved the France team (1-1) on the third day of the League of Nations. The striker took the opportunity to score his 27th goal in the blue jersey, in the space of 56 selections (ratio of 0.48 goals per game) at only 23 years old. Enough to be ahead of all passing times. The PSG player will have one last opportunity this season, this Monday against Croatia, to improve his personal record.
Kylian Mbappé, who recently extended his contract at PSG until 2025, is already half way behind Thierry Henry, still the record holder for the number of goals scored with 51 goals in 123 games (ratio of 0.41 goals per meet). Barring a serious injury, the question is practically no longer whether Mbappé will one day seize this record but rather how far he could take it.
Mbappé does not hide that he is aiming for the record
Last March, after a double against South Africa, Kylian Mbappé did not hide that this record was a goal for him. “Of course,” he replied. Before adding: “I always wanted to be the first everywhere, in the French team as in the club. There is still a long way to go because, what Titi did, nobody did. I think that I can get there much faster than you think.”
Before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the France team will have two more Nations League matches in September. What undoubtedly allow Kylian Mbappé to settle in the top 10 of the best scorers in the history of the Blues, he who points to 11th place. Seventh in this ranking, Zinédine Zidane stopped at 31 goals.
At 23 years and 6 months, Thierry Henry was certainly world champion (1998) and Europe (2000) but he totaled “only” 25 selections and eight goals with the France team. The former Arsenal player left the national team after the 2010 World Cup fiasco: he was then 32 years old.
For comparison, Olivier Giroud, who is the second best scorer of the Blues with 48 goals in 112 games, had never worn the jersey of the selection at the current age of Mbappé. He was then completing his last season with Tours in Ligue 2 and was going to be transferred to Montpellier.
Among the other players still active and ahead of Mbappé in the standings are Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema. The current Atlético de Madrid player only scored three goals at 23 and a half, for 10 appearances, already under the orders of Didier Deschamps. As for the Real Madrid striker, he had 12 goals in 37 caps but was deprived of the 2010 World Cup. With 42 and 37 goals respectively, the two players could also eventually hold the goalscoring record in the French team. But inevitably, in the rear view mirror, will already be Kylian Mbappé.
The current ranking, before France-Croatia:
1- Thierry Henry – 51 goals – 123 caps
2- Olivier Giroud – 48 goals – 112 selections
3- Antoine Griezmann – 42 goals – 107 selections
4- Michel Platini – 41 goals – 72 caps
5- Karim Benzema – 37 goals – 96 selections
6- David Trézéguet – 34 goals – 71 selections
7- Zinedine Zidane – 31 goals – 108 selections
8- Just Fontaine -30 goals – 21 selections
9- Jean-Pierre Papin – 30 goals – 54 caps
10- Youri Djorkaeff – 28 goals – 82 selections
11- Kylian Mbappé – 27 goals – 56 caps