Pele congratulates Mbappe on matching World Cup record

The France forward said it was "flattering" to be compared to the Brazil legend, who has congratulated the teenager on his Russia 2018 exploits

Pele has congratulated Kylian Mbappe after the France star levelled his 60-year-old World Cup record.

Mbappe, 19, became the first teenager to score more than once in a World Cup match since Pele hit a double in Brazil's final win against Sweden in 1958.

Although he has shone in both Ligue 1 and the Champions League at club level with Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappe announced himself on the global stage in Kazan on Saturday.

The striker's brace of well-taken finishes in a 4-3 defeat of Argentina takes him to three World Cup goals as France prepare to face Portugal's conquerors Uruguay in Friday's quarter-final.

And Pele was quick to offer his support as Mbappe confirmed his status as one of the world's most exciting young talents in stunning fashion.

"Congratulations, Kylian Mbappe," Pele wrote on Twitter. 

"Two goals in a World Cup so young puts you in great company!

"Good luck for your other games. Except against Brazil!"

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Mbappe told L'Equipe after being made aware of the fact that his exploits against Argentina had seen him emulate an all-time great: "I’m very happy and it’s flattering to be the second teenager after Pele but let’s put things in context: Pele is another category, but it’s good to be among these people.

"As I’ve already and always said, at a World Cup you have all the top-level players, so it’s an opportunity to show what you can do and what your abilities are. There’s no better place than a World Cup."

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