captain of france Kylian Mbappé He was more proud of his team’s achievement than his personal milestone as Didier Deschamps’ side cruised to a record 14-0 win over Gibraltar on Saturday.
Mbappe’s hat-trick at Nice saw him become the youngest player to reach 300 goals in Europe’s top five leagues and international games combined, aged 24 years, 10 months and 29 days.
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On the night he led his team to a historic win, the biggest win in European qualifying and France’s biggest ever, Mbappe was keen to focus on the team’s achievements.
Mbappe said, “We have to show collective victory.
“There is a very talented France team, to beat this record for the biggest win is something special. A team best is worth much more than individual bests.
“Scoring 300 goals in my career is a new milestone for me but it goes back because the team put in a fantastic performance today.”
Lionel Messi Scored his 300th goal at the age of 25 years, four months and three days, but his former teammate at Paris Saint-Germain knows he still has a long way to go to reach the career tally of both Messi and. cristiano ronaldo.
“Some players are 800, others 850, next to 300, it’s ridiculous! It’s a step for me and I want to be decisive for my national team and my club,” said Mbappe.
The goal number was worthy of the 300 milestone. Mbappe picks up a pass Yusuf Fofana, saw the Gibraltar keeper off his line and hit a superb lob from 40 meters out. He said the keeper’s position during the game was something he saw.
“I was looking at the opposing goalkeeper for 20-25 minutes, I could see him very advanced, I didn’t understand why. After that, it’s natural.
“When Yusuf gets the ball, that’s when I know I’m going to do it. Today it worked for me, maybe other times, it didn’t.”
It was a ruthless performance from France, scoring seven goals in each half, against a Gibraltar side who trailed 3-0 after 18 minutes and were down to 10 men.
“We wanted to go down in history and we did it collectively,” Mbappe said.
“Our goal was to beat the record for the biggest win, coach told us there was something to do, so we had that importance throughout the game.”
Mbappe not only scored three goals, but also provided three assists on a night when he was happy to provide the goal to secure his team-mates’ record win.
“The armband forces you to change, if you don’t want to change, you can’t be captain,” Mbappe said.
“When I wasn’t the captain, I had a bit more of an individualistic approach to my game, my scores. Now I’m the captain and I have to think of others first.”
Mbappe also surpassed Antoine Griezmann With 46 goals, he moved into third place on France’s all-time scorers list and is now just five behind second-placed Thierry Henry.