Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Kylian Mbappe scores four as PSG thrash Lyon

Kylian Mbappe scores four as PSG thrash Lyon

Mbappe, who won the World Cup with France in the summer, has now scored 10 goals and contributed four assists during his first seven matches this season.

"He is a great player, everyone knows it", Mbappe said of Neymar.

Neymar cited his desire to join Paris Saint-Germain to "step out the shadow" of Lionel Messi but his latest strike partner, Kylian Mbappe, whom the Brazilian has lauded, is beginning to steal all the headlines. Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) were just 1-0 in the first half of the recently played Ligue 1 match but went on to register a tremendous 5-0 win, thanks to their French talisman.

And on such form, it surely won't be long until he is considered for the prestigious best player in the world accolade. Awarded every year by France Football magazine, the Ballon d'Or victor will be announced on December 3.

In reality, a look at Mbappe's highlights against Lyon shows that far from there being any tension between the two, he should actually be grateful to Neymar for setting up three of his four goals. Mbappe has taken his total goal scoring tally to 8 in the league, this season.

Kylian Mbappe scores four as PSG thrash Lyon
PSG's Kylian Mbappe scores four goals in 13 minutes, proving once again why he's the world's top young talent

In the 69th minute, Mbappe broke free and lifted the ball over Lyon goalie Anthony Lopes for his hat trick.

In addition to scoring four second-half goals, Mbappe also won the penalty from which Neymar opened the scoring at Parc des Princes as the reigning French champions established an eight-point lead at the top. For me he's a phenomenon.

The only stain on his record so far this year is a red card - the second of his PSG career - he received during injury time on September 1 in a 4-2 win at Nimes, which resulted in a three-game ban.

It is quite clear by now that Kylian Mbappe, despite being just 19-year-old, is a world-class talent. That day, Mbappe reacted wildly to a challenge from behind, shoved his opponent angrily to the ground and had to be restrained by teammates.

"I am very proud of my players and my staff", the Qatari supremo said.

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