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Mbappé sets new top-flight record with 50th goal

Publish on 24/02/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS

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Paris Saint-Germain prodigy Kylian Mbappé became the youngest player ever to reach the 50-goal milestone in Ligue 1 Conforama with his double strike against Nîmes Olympique on Saturday.

Aged just 20 years, two months and three days, the FIFA World Cup winner achieved the feat nearly two years earlier than the previous youngest, Yannick Stopyra, who was 21 years, 11 months and nine days when he netted his 50th top-flight goal in 1982.

Mbappé brought up the half-century when he scored his team's second at the Parc des Princes before netting again in the final minute to take his season's tally to 22, already nine more than he scored in the whole of last season.

"I work to help my team as much as possible every day," said Mbappe. "I want to enjoy my football because it is a lot of fun. Scoring goals and setting records is what drives me on."

Mbappé would have had an even healthier haul only to lose a number of one-on-one duels with Nîmes goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni.

"The important thing is that he is getting chances," said teammate Marco Verratti. "That means he's in form. We manage to find him easily and when the coach plays him through the middle, he makes even more of a difference. Even if he misses, he's in the right place at the right time."