Kylian Mbappe made history during the 2022 World Cup final against Argentina by becoming the first player to score four goals in a World Cup final. Despite being kept in check for much of the match, the 23-year-old French talisman scored two quick goals in the final minutes of normal time to level the score. This feat made Mbappe the youngest player to reach double figures for goals in World Cup history and one of only six players to score in two different World Cup finals.
Although Lionel Messi scored a goal for Argentina in extra time, Mbappe scored again from the penalty spot to complete his hat-trick, making him only the second player after Sir Geoff Hurst to score three goals in a World Cup final. Mbappe’s four goals also helped him surpass Hurst, Pele, Vava, and Zinedine Zidane as the leading scorer in World Cup finals.
Mbappe’s performance was also enough to earn him the Golden Boot, though France ultimately lost in a penalty shootout. Despite this, Mbappe’s record-breaking efforts saw him end the 2022 World Cup with a record identical to Brazil legend Pele – 12 goals in 14 games. Only five players have scored more World Cup goals than Mbappe, who will aim to break Miroslav Klose’s all-time record of 16 goals in future tournaments.