Nine teenagers have now scored WC goals since Pele - what happened to their careers?


Kylian Mbappe is undoubtedly the most exciting young prospect in football right now and you can't help but wonder just how good he can be.

To be fair, that's been the case for around 18 months now but as he stormed through Argentina's team to win a penalty on Saturday, he confirmed that potential further.

The fact that he followed that up with a brace to win the game and send his country through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup has pushed the hype on even more - he's not just a special talent, he's doing things that haven't been done in a long, long time.

Mbappe is the first teenager to score twice in a World Cup for 20 years and the first to manage it in a single game since Pele did on his way to winning the trophy in 1958 - and you can't compare much better than that.

We don't know exactly how good Mbappe can be, of course, although we can take a look at history to see how things panned out before him.

We all know Pele's career panned out pretty decently with three World Cups and being regarded by many as the best to ever play the game, but he's not the last teenager to score at the tournament.

Here's how the others since Pele kicked on from their breakthrough on the international stage:

Georgi Sokolov - 1962

Sokolov scored Bulgaria's first ever World Cup goal just days short of his 20th birthday, although in a 6-1 defeat to Hungary. He played his entire career in Bulgaria but is highly regarded in the country.

Tostao - 1966

The Brazilian would go on to become one of his country's all-time greats, forming a devastating centre-forward partnership with Pele as part of the legendary World Cup-winning side of 1970.

Martin Hoffmann - 1974

Representing East Germany, Hoffmann was a part of the two biggest success for the country before reunification - winning gold at the Olympics in 1976 and lifting the Cup Winners' Cup with his club side, 1. FC Magdeburg.

Michael Owen - 1998

Mbappe's brace came 20 years to the day that Owen scored his incredible goal against the same opponents - the last time a teenager managed a second World Cup goal. Owen would play for Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Manchester United among others, winning the Ballon d'Or in 2001.

Dmitri Sychev - 2002

Sychev's goal led to enormous hype in Russia but he was unable to live up to it. Carved out a decent career in his home country after a move to Marseille didn't work out.

Lionel Messi - 2006

It's Messi; no real introduction needed. Mbappe's goals have almost certainly ruled out any chance that the legendary Argentine will add the World Cup to his collection - something that will always be held against arguably the most talented player of all time.

Divock Origi - 2014

A name everyone will know, although likely followed by "I forgot about him". Spent last season on loan at Wolfsburg from Liverpool - running out of time to fulfil the considerable potential he showed four years ago.

Julian Green - 2014

The American was with Bayern Munich when he scored against Belgium in the last-sixteen - but his progress since suggests that goal will be the undoubted highlight of his career.

So something of a mixed bag for Mbappe to follow. There are three teenagers, however, who reached incredible heights in the game - and you wouldn't bet against Mbappe following them.

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