Kylian Mbappe breaks Cavani’s all-time PSG scoring record

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Kylian Mbappe celebrates his record 201st goal for Paris Saint-Germain.FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images

Kylian Mbappe has reached another milestone in his already record-breaking career, surpassing Edinson Cavani as Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time top scorer with his 201st goal against Nantes in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

The French striker scored PSG’s fourth goal in stoppage time to secure a 4-2 win and the record.

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The club organized a short ceremony after the final whistle, with a large portrait of Mbappe displayed at the Parc des Princes.

“It’s very special to be here. The last time I was here was to announce that I was staying (to extend his contract), it’s an honor to be here as the club’s top scorer,” Mbappe said.

“It is a privilege to be a PSG player, to play in this historic shirt for the biggest club in France.”

Mbappe, 24, reached and surpassed Cavani’s mark in far fewer games. While the Uruguayan took 301 games to score his 200 goals, Mbappe has only needed 247.

A native of Paris, Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco in 2017 for a world record transfer fee for a teenager of €180 million.

His time at the Parc des Princes has not been without controversy. A protracted on-and-off transfer saga involving Real Madrid strained relations with fans before he eventually signed a three-year contract extension last May.

Mbappe took home the World Cup Golden Boot in December after finishing as top scorer in Qatar with eight goals, including becoming the second man in history to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final.

While France lost the final to Argentina on penalties, Mbappe already has 12 World Cup goals in total, just four behind record holder Miroslav Klose of Germany, after leading Blues for the trophy in 2018.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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