Mbappe is back! The French superstar puts his World Cup heart behind him by avoiding 10 days to return to PSG training just 64 hours after the final whistle…as teammate Messi sides out in Argentina
- Kylian Mbappe shone as France lost in the World Cup final to Argentina on Sunday
- He returned to training less than three days after the heartbreaking defeat
- He was expected to have 10 days off to recover from his exploits in Qatar
- Mbappe’s teammate Lionel Messi is in Buenos Aires to celebrate Argentina’s victory
- Paris Saint-Germain will return to action on December 28 and Mbappe could play against Strasbourg
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Kylian Mbappe returned to Paris Saint-Germain training less than three days after losing the World Cup final.
Mbappe starred during Sunday’s big event against Argentina, leading France’s comeback in normal time with two goals in 94 seconds – before also scoring in extra time to once again tie the game at 3-3.
The World Cup hat-trick was the first in a final since Sir Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick for England in 1966 against West Germany.
Kylian Mbappe returned to Paris Saint-Germain training just three days after losing the World Cup final
Mbappe scored a hat-trick in Sunday’s final but was left heartbroken after France lost on penalties
Mbappe also scored a penalty in the penalty shootout, which France lost 4-2, after Kingsley Coman’s Aimee Martinez made a save and Aurelien Chouamini put a penalty in the net.
Upon his return to PSG’s Camp de Logis training base, Mbappe said he felt “better, better, better”.
He is expected to join training with the team today, as revealed by the club on social media.
It has been a busy week for Mbappe as, after returning from Qatar on Monday, he was present at France’s World Cup celebrations on Monday at the Place de la Concorde.
The 24-year-old was expected to have some time – estimated at around 10 days – before returning to club action.
But he is already back and will be looking to overcome his World Cup soreness with his early return to the French champions.
Paris Saint-Germain returned to action on December 28 with a match against Strasbourg in the French League.
It was no surprise that Mbappe missed this match as he rested after the World Cup, but it now looks as if the forward will be in Christophe Galleter’s side in seven days’ time.
Mbappe won the World Cup Golden Boot after scoring eight goals in seven matches in Qatar
The 24-year-old has scored 12 goals in World Cup finals, meaning he is only four times behind all-time top scorer Miroslav Klose’s tally of 16.
The Paris Saint-Germain star excelled during the tournament in Qatar, winning the World Cup Golden Boot.
Mbappe scored eight goals in seven matches, while providing two assists as he served as a talisman in France’s attempts to win two World Cups in a row.
After four goals during France’s victory in the 2018 World Cup, the 24-year-old scored 12 goals in the tournament.
He is now just four goals behind former Germany striker Miroslav Klose – who is the all-time World Cup top scorer with 16 goals – a record Mbappe will surely surpass given he is only 24 years old.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi remains Mbappe’s teammate at Paris Saint-Germain in Argentina as the World Cup winners continue their celebration in Buenos Aires to celebrate their victory.
Mbappe’s teammate at Paris Saint-Germain, Lionel Messi, is in Buenos Aires to celebrate Argentina’s victory
Besides his impressive performance on Sunday, the footage released also showed that Mbappe gave a pep talk to his France teammates during the World Cup final, urging them to come back from two goals down to win against Argentina.
“It’s the World Cup final, it’s the match of a lifetime. We can’t get any worse anyway,” Mbappe said, addressing the dressing room.
Let’s get back on the field, we’ll either let them play or put in a little force and have duels and do something else, guys. It’s the World Cup final.
It was over, they scored two goals, we went two goals down. We can go back! Guys, it’s something like this only every four years.
Kylian Mbappe (centre) gave a rousing speech to the team at half time during the World Cup Final
The France star urged his teammates to step up their game, reminding them of the occasion
With Mbappe back in training with his club – PSG have had an impressive season as they currently sit top of Ligue 1 – they remain unbeaten after 15 games.
They also avoided defeat throughout their Champions League group – but finished second – thanks to Benfica scoring more away goals.
Mbappe has been in fine form ahead of the World Cup, scoring 19 goals and adding five assists in just 20 appearances in all competitions.
He will be looking to help PSG win their ninth Ligue 1 title in 11 seasons, while they face a tough clash in the Champions League last 16 against Bayern Munich.
Mbappe has been in fine form for the French giants so far this season, scoring 20 goals in total
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