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Mbappé: 'World Cup my only dream'

Mbappé: 'World Cup my only dream'

Les Bleus
Publish on 12/04 at 19:41 - S. TELFORD


Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappé pulled to the top of the scoring charts on five goals as France punched their ticket to the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory over Poland on Sunday.

Mbappé was central to les Bleus' win at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, assisting Olivier Giroud for his all-time record 52nd France goal before finding the target himself with a pair of late thunderbolts.


Mbappé is now the top scorer in Qatar, with two more goals than Paris teammate Lionel Messi among a cluster of others. Having also bagged 19 goals in 20 games for PSG this season, it was put to the 23-year-old that he might succeed Karim Benzema in winning the Ballon d'Or.

"To be honest no," he answered, in English, when asked if that was his dream. "The only goal is to win the World Cup, that's my dream, it's my only dream, that's why I came here. Now if I win it [the Ballon d'Or], of course I will be happy."


While Giroud overtook Thierry Henry as France's record scorer, Mbappé pulled into outright seventh on the all-time list with 33 goals, two ahead of Zinedine Zidane. For vanquished Poland manager Czeslaw Michniewicz, there will be no stopping the PSG man.


"No coaching's required to know France's strong point," he said. "But there's no secret recipe to stop Mbappé. He is a big star, a fantastic player, and I'll support him in the future. There's Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, [Robert] Lewandowski, but someone has to succeed them and Mbappé embodies that perfectly."

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