Portuguese captain, Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for the most goals in international football. The Al Nassr captain have scored an unbelievable 128 goals wearing the Portuguese national team shirt.
With this record being doubtful of being broken by any footballer, a young football prodigy is showing early signs of being able to catch-up with Ronaldo’s incredible stats in international football.
France captain, Kylian Mbappe might be the only player who could challenge Ronaldo for his international goal statistics. The French international at 24 years old have recorded a career 300 goal and 46 of these goals were scored with France.
Cristiano Ronaldo got to his goal milestone with Portugal after representing the European nation 205 time. Mbappe 46 goals for France comes from 74 matches.
Playing smaller football nations was key for Ronaldo to get his incredible amount of goals for Portugal, with his most goals against a country being against Luxembourg. Mbappe would be following same route as he would constantly face these small football nations.
A quick example was France 14-0 win against Gibraltar. Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick and also recorded hat-trick of assist. A more special day can see the Paris Saint-Germain striker rack up to 5 or 7 goals in such a match.
Most of these countries in Europe ranks around 100 or higher in the FIFA ranking. The top European football nations devour these smaller ones when they face each other, especially in the World Cup or Euros qualification matches.
Another player who have being a benefit of this is Romelo Lukaku. Lukaku has more international goals than most players playing football at the moment. Coming from a golden generation of Belgium and facing small European football nations is a key for Lukaku international goal scoring stat.
With Kylian Mbappe being very young, it might be possible for him to reach the tally of Ronaldo’s goals at international level.