Mbappe scores 300th goals faster than Ronaldo and Messi in France’s 14-1 demolition of Gibraltar
French captain Kylian Mbappe scored the 300th goal of his senior career on Saturday night.
The France captain reached the landmark in style.
Mbappe got to 300 when he completed his 17th career hat-trick by scoring from almost 40 yards in France's record-breaking 14-0 win over Gibraltar.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward was aged 24 years, 10 months, and 29 days on Saturday.
That is significantly younger than both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were when they hit the 300th goals of their respective careers.
Messi scored goal no.300 in October 2012 at the age of 25 years, four months and three days.
Ronaldo did not hit the 300-goal mark until he was 27 - although he has since made up for that relatively slow start by scoring more than 400 goals in his 30s.
Despite getting to 300 goals quicker than the two GOAT candidates of modern-day soccer, Mbappe may struggle to ever match the overall career tally of either Messi or Ronaldo.
Messi, now aged 36, is currently sat on 821 goals.
Ronaldo, 38, holds the world record of 865 career goals and is showing no signs of slowing down since moving to Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia.
Mbappe scored a hat-trick in France's record-breaking 14-0 thrashing of 10-man Gibraltar as the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Romania booked their places at Euro 2024 on Saturday.
Les Bleus set a new record margin of victory in European qualifying and a national record in Nice.
Ethan Santos' own goal and Marcus Thuram had already opened the floodgates before 17-year-old Warren Zaire-Emery scored.
That was Zaire-Emery's last contribution as the PSG midfielder was forced off with an ankle injury but a red card for Santos after just 18 minutes allowed the World Cup finalists to run amok.
Mbappe's penalty made it 4-0 and Jonathan Clauss, Kingsley Coman, and Youssouf Fofana all scored before half-time.
Adrien Rabiot, Coman again, and Ousmane Dembele kept the score ticking over before Mbappe struck twice to seal his hat-trick in style.
The France captain lobbed Dayle Coleing from just inside the Gibraltar half to register his 300th career goal aged just 24.
Olivier Giroud then came off the bench to grab the final two goals and ensure the history books were rewritten.
But the scoreline will raise fresh questions over the need for such clashes between giants and minnows in a congested fixture calendar.
"We did everything to make this score happen. That is the ambition that there is in this team," said France boss Didier Deschamps.