22-year-old Kylian Mbappé wore the expression of a man on a mission when he took to the Nou Camp pitch last night, a mission which he executed with frightening efficiency.
Here are just a few incredible facts & figures emerging from a landmark performance in which the Frenchman scored his first-ever Champions League hat-trick. He could be destined to be the next man to dominate the Ballon d'Or.
🎩 Mbappé scored his first-ever UCL KO hat-trick aged 22 years, 1 month & 27 days.
- 🇦🇷 Lionel Messi scored his first UCL KO hat-trick aged 22 years, 9 months & 14 days
- 🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first UCL KO hat-trick aged 31 years, 2 months & 7 days
- 🇳🇴 When will 20-year-old Erling Haland take home his first UCL match ball in a knockout environment?
🐐 Kylian Mbappé has now faced Lionel Messi twice in his career, both in knockout games:
- 🇫🇷 France 4-3 Argentina
- 🏆 Barça 1-4 PSG
- 💫 Mbappé has five goals in these matches
📈 Kylian Mbappé has now been directly involved in 40 Champions League goals since debuting in 2016-17:
- 🏟 41 matches
- ⚽️ 24 goals
- 🅰️ 16 assists
🏟 Kylian Mbappé relishes the big stages, having now scored in the Champions League at the following grounds:
- 🌃 Man City's Etihad Stadium
- 😈 Man United's Old Trafford
- 🔴 Liverpool's Anfield
- ⚫️ Juventus' Allianz Stadium
- 🏆 Bayern's Allianz Arena
- 🟡 Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park
- ⚪️ Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu
- 😳 And now a hat-trick at Barcelona's iconic Camp Nou.
📊 Kylian Mbappé is already a goal-machine with direct goal involvement stats (club & country) that read:
- 🏟 252 games
- ⚽️ 154 goals
- 🅰️ 76 assists
- 📊 A goal or an assist every 77.7 minutes of playing time.
The iconic Brazilian Pelé was 18 when he scored a brace in the 1958 World Cup final and it took 60 years for another teenager to find the net in world football's showpiece event. You know the rest.
It feels almost inevitable that this list of landmarks and achievements will grow and grow as Kylian Mbappé Lottin moves through the gears and gallops to greatness.
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