Kylian Mbappe ripped Barcelona apart on Tuesday by scoring a stunning hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Barcelona to put Paris Saint-Germain on the brink of the Champions League quarter-finals. Without the support of Neymar and Angel Di Maria, the 22-year-old single-handedly destroyed the Catalans, as PSG established a 4-1 aggregate lead in the Champions League last 16. Mbappe underlined his status as the rising whiz of world football with an extraordinary presentation of finishing at Camp Nou that will go down as one of this competition’s most destroying individual performances. The 22-year-old eclipsed Barca’s Lionel Messi, whose opening goal from the penalty spot had been reduced to nothing more than a footnote by the final whistle.
This was a career defining moment for Kylian Mbappe as he single handedly punished Barca. In 2018, Mbappe placed fourth in the Ballon d’Or rankings and then sixth in 2019; but is the 22 year old the best in the world right now? Maybe yes. Mbappe is already one of the best players in the world, and at only 22 he can only improve further. Whether he stays in Paris or not, he will clearly be a world-class player for years to come and we should expect many more awards and trophies to come his way. There’s no denying it any longer. Mbappe is 22 and the best player in the world. He’s scored 142 goals in 225 matches during his career and is already a World Cup winner. He really could achieve anything in his career.
The 22-year-old fell agonisingly short last season when they were beaten in the final by Bayern Munich, and the Ligue 1 champions will take some stopping again under Mauricio Pochettino.
Sacked by Tottenham in November 2019, just five months after reaching the final of this competition, Pochettino looks to be moulding a side that will be considered strong contenders led by the brilliant Mbappe.
He had netted just one goal in nine knockout games for PSG before this game, but reversed that statistic in cold-blooded fashion.
The former Monaco forward became only the third player, after Faustino Asprilla and Andrei Shevchenko, to score a Champions League hat-trick against Barcelona.
So, it won’t be wrong to say that Mbappe is the one in red hot form and as he led PSG single handedly to a win over Barcelona after the heartbreaking loss against them at Camp Nou in 2017, this was one of his greatest club performances. Mbappe is now challenging Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the throne, currently being the best player in the world.