It was a successful afternoon for France on Sunday.
And the team members hit a raft of milestones.
France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris scored his 142nd cap, equaling Liliane Thurm as his country’s most capped player.
Up front, Olivier Giroud became France’s top men’s scorer, breaking Thierry Henry’s record with his 52nd goal for Les Bleus.
But, the star of the show on Sunday was Kylian Mbappé, who continued his record-setting pace with an emphatic double.
At just 23 years old, Mbappé is one of the most exciting talents in world football, and consistently delivers for France on the biggest stage.
After helping the country win its second World Cup title in 2018 as a 19-year-old, he continues to dominate four years later.
His double against Poland means he has scored five goals in this year’s tournament as he leads the race for the Golden Boot award, two ahead of Lionel Messi, Giroud and a host of other players. .
More significantly, however, Mbappé has scored nine goals at the World Cup, becoming the first player to reach the mark before his 24th birthday.
Mbappé passed two football legends with his double. Diego Maradona and Cristiano Ronaldo both have eight World Cup goals to their name.
And Mbappé’s all-round performance was a source of praise from pundits and commentators alike.
The former England and Manchester United defender compared the Paris Saint-Germain star’s match-winning display to Messi’s masterpiece on Saturday in Argentina’s 2-1 victory over Australia.
‘Yesterday, I spoke about Messi as a great performance,’ Ferdinand told the BBC on Sunday. “Today was Mbappé’s most explosive performance, devastating in all areas.”
Former England striker Chris Sutton said Mbappé was the match-defining player.
“In the end it came down to Kylian Mbappe and some great finishes from him,” he told the BBC.
“It was a strong performance from France. There are tough tests ahead but it was a show of French composure and a statement that we are still the team to beat.
Miroslav Klose is the top goalscorer in the World Cup with 16 goals. Who’s to say Mbappé can’t challenge the German legend’s record?