Kylian Mbappe has a better scoring record than Ronaldo and Messi at age 21

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We seriously need to talk about Kylian Mbappe this season.

Perhaps because of Paris Saint-Germain's exit from Europe, the mercurial Frenchman hasn't been getting the attention that his remarkable statistics have deserved.

Sure, Ligue 1 is never going to be the most competitive league in the world but at just 20 years old, scoring 36 goals in just 40 appearances is simply remarkable.

That's not to mention the fact he should, in theory, be in the shadow of established forwards like Edinson Cavani and Neymar. Instead, he's the one outshining them.

If it wasn't for the seemingly omnipotent Lionel Messi, Mbappe would have wrapped up the European Golden Shoe a long time ago and looks set to secure second place.

Mbappe's brilliant season

When you bear in mind that his statistics are better than players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard, it really puts his season and potential into perspective.

Even if Mbappe never improved at all throughout his career, he would still be remembered as one of the greatest players of his generation and already has a World Cup to boot.

However, we'd bet good money that the 20-year-old will come on leaps and bounds, making fans wonder whether he'll reach the levels of Messi and Ronaldo when he's older.

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Mbappe vs Ronaldo vs Messi

It might seem a superlative statement to make at this stage, but both Ballon d'Or winners were nowhere near as prolific as Mbappe when they were the same age.

It's a point that has been highlighted by Italian publication CalcioMercato after Mbappe delivered a stunning hat-trick against former employers Monaco at the weekend.

They compared Mbappe's goals for club and country at his current age, to Ronaldo and Messi when on their 21st birthdays, slightly older than the Frenchman. The results can be seen here:

1. Kylian Mbappe - 94 goals

2. Lionel Messi - 50 goals

3. Cristiano Ronaldo - 35 goals

It's not even close and when you consider Ronaldo and Messi have been given a slight age advantage here, it makes Mbappe's massive lead all the more impressive.

All three players were at top European clubs at the time and none of them played as an out-and-out striker, although Ronaldo was deployed the deepest of all.

Nevertheless, there is such a large margin of victory for Mbappe that any other variables can frankly be ruled out and his sheer class shines brightest.

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His performances have been so incredible that the PSG man isn't really considered a wonderkid anymore, he is fully established in the beautiful game and proves it week after week.

What is perhaps under-appreciated is - given his current statistics - the trajectory he is currently on and the statistics point the very level that Messi and Ronaldo have reached.

A century of goals before being legal to drink in America seems inevitable and incredible.

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