Aged just 19, Kylian Mbappe has been very impressive. He became the first teenager since Pele to score twice in a World Cup knockout match. But who else was at top of the world during their teenage? Here are the top 4 players who were better than Kylian Mbappe at the age of 19.
4. Eden Hazard
Mbappe and Hazard made their professional debuts at the age of 16. Hazard made it in 2007, aged 16, and Mbappe was the same age when he made it in 2015. At the age of 17, both Hazard and Mbappe became the youngest first-team goalscorers in their clubs’ history. Mbappe was in Monaco while Hazard was in Lille.
Happy birthday to Lille starlet Eden Hazard.
He's recently been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea pic.twitter.com/Fvp6uM2YCx
— Slow Sports News (@SlowSportsNews) January 7, 2016
Here is the difference between the two forwards. Eden was just 17 when he made his senior international debut in 2008 while Kylian Mbappe was 18-years-old when he made it in 2017.
3. Neymar Jr.
He's accomplished plenty since, and he's just getting started. 🇧🇷🙌 pic.twitter.com/wdZNZOoTaq
— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 7, 2018
Neymar stole the Media attention at a very young age more. Santos FC offered him a contract in 2003, aged 11, inducting him into their youth academy. Aged 14, Neymar traveled to Spain to join the Real Madrid youth team but it never worked.
Aged 15, Neymar started improving the quality of his family life, buying their first property, thanks to football incomes. He was earning 10,000 reais per month and at 16, 125,000 reais per month. He scored on his debut after 28 minutes, in 2010, when he was 18.
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— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) March 7, 2017