Mbappe making case for Ballon d'Or with four-goal game

Doug Mendoza
October 9, 2018

The France worldwide and World Cup victor also became the youngest player - at 19 years and nine months - to score four goals in one game in the same amount of time.

Fittingly, one of the world-beating 19-year-old's finest performances to date came just a day before the full shortlist for the Ballon d'Or is unveiled.

Neymar had nothing but praise for fellow attacker Mbappé post-match, telling reporters: "Kylian is a special guy, for whom I have a lot of affection".

Mbappe's fellow teammate, Neymar, put The Parisians in front in the 9 minute after converting a penalty kick.

PSG became the first team ever to win its first nine games of a season in Ligue 1.

With those latest goals, Mbappe is expected to be among the nominations for soccer's biggest individual trophy when they are unveiled later Monday. It was in 8th minute of the game that Mbappe was brought down in the box and a penalty was awarded to PSG.

Neymar helped the French phenom complete his hat trick in the 69th minute.

Kylian Mbappe scores four as PSG thrash Lyon

PSG was reduced to 10 men when defender Presnel Kimpembe was sent off with a straight red midway through the first half, but Lyon was also left with 10 men when Lucas Tousart picked up a second yellow in first-half stoppage time.

Neymar has described Kylian Mbappe as a "phenomenon" after the Paris Saint-Germain teenager scored four goals in 13 minutes.

Bruno Genesio's side have taken the scalps of Manchester City and Marseille this season, but there was no way back for them after Anthony Lopes had inexplicably raced off his line to fell Mbappe.

Former Barcelona forward Neymar arrived in Paris as PSG's star man but he has company at Parc des Princes, where Mbappe continues to shine.

Reflecting on Mbappe's skill-set as a player, the Brazilian said that he is a technical leader and knows his responsibilities very well.

The 26-year-old further stated that his son always looks for Mbappe's photograph and shares the same with his school friends with joy. "We see in each of his matches the potential that he has, he exploits it every time, even if he is only 19".

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