PSG superstar forward Kylian Mbappe has now equaled the Champions League goal tally of French and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry after converting a spot kick against Borussia Dortmund at home in their Champions League opener on Tuesday. The hosts picked up all three points, while the visitors failed to break the deadlock.
Kylian Mbappe made his Champions League debut while playing for AS Monaco in 2016, and during that season, the Frenchman emerged as a prolific goal scorer. He later moved to Paris with aspirations to lead them to a possible maiden UEFA Champions League trophy.
Mbappe equals Henry’s Champions League feat
Kylian Mbappe is undoubtedly one of the best players in Europe. Every season, with his scoring ability, he breaks new records and achieves milestones not only with the French national team but also for his club, PSG.
Mbappe has a phenomenal goal tally of 41 in just 64 UCL appearances, with 9 of them coming in Monaco colors and the remaining 35 in a PSG shirt. He has now matched the Champions League milestone of another fellow French legend, Theirry Henry’s record for the most goals with a single club.
During his illustrious career, Henry played for clubs like Monaco, Arsenal, Juventus, and FC Barcelona. However, his best figures came at Arsenal when he netted 35 UCL goals, which was a record for the most goals for a single team by a French player before Karim Benzema surpassed it with his figures at Real Madrid. And now, Mbappe has leveled the iconic mark.
Recently, Kylian Mbappe moved past Thierry Henry’s World Cup goal-scoring record during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and also surpassed Zinedine Zidane’s all-time tally of 31 goals for France by scoring 40 goals.
Kylian Mbappe scores from penalty in win vs Dortmund
In the group F fixture of the Champions League on the first matchday, the French champions hosted the Bundesliga runners-up from last season, Borussia Dortmund at Parc des Princes. PSG’s new boss, Luis Enrique, was on the sidelines for his first UCL appearance with the French club.
The away side couldn’t trouble the hosts much, as PSG ended up clinching a 2-0 victory over the Germans, with Mbappe and Hakimi on the scoresheet.
The 24-year-old bagged his 35th goal for Paris Saint Germain in his 62nd Champions League game. The forward was praised by PSG boss Luis Enrique who called him “the best player in the world” after the win.
After a promising start to the Champions League campaign, next up for Parisians are Newcastle United in a tricky away fixture.