Kylian Mbappe can set a new record for goals scored at the World Cup, according to the all-time leading scorer Miroslav Klose.
France forward Mbappe scored four times at the World Cup in Russia, including one in the final as Les Bleus beat Croatia to lift the trophy for a second time.
Ex-Germany striker Klose scored 16 World Cup goals in total from 2002-14 and told Le Parisien : “Considering Kylian’s age, he should be able to play in four more World Cups. He is likely to equal or better my record.
“To do this, France must remain competitive over that period. Right now, that is looking very likely.”
Klose also believes that Mbappe will be in the reckoning for the next Ballon d’Or award but will face competition from fellow Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, Luka Modric and holder Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Logically, Kylian will be one of the main candidates,” Klose said. “However, he will have some big competition from his teammate Griezmann, the best player of the World Cup Modric and Champions League winner Ronaldo.
“Many things can happen between now and October, though.”
Klose believes that Mbappe is set for a glittering career for club and country but is unsure how long the 19-year-old will stay at Paris Saint-Germain.
“It is hard to say, but Kylian’s destiny is between his feet,” Klose said. “If he manages to keep his current carefree attitude but is careful to not slack off, he will keep meeting and exceeding expectations.
“It is also hard to say if he will stay with PSG for a long time or not. However, everything is in place for him to create a trophy haul for club and country that will make many extremely envious.”
Mbappe, on holiday following France’s World Cup exploits, is set to miss PSG’s summer tour to Asia and will return to training once the French champions are back.