‘He could have scored seven!’
Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, has described teammate Kylian Mbappe as a phenomenon — and with good reason.
The teenager, winner of the Golden Boy award as France won the World Cup in Russia, scored four goals in 13 second-half minutes Sunday as Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Lyon 5-0 in Ligue 1.
Mbappe, 19, has now scored 10 goals, along with four assists, in his first seven matches this season, so it is no wonder Neymar told reporters after the match: “Kylian is a special guy, for whom I have a lot of affection. For me he’s a phenomenon. I hope it will continue like that for several years because football will thank him.”
The teenager won the penalty for Nemyar in PSG’s opener and then went on to start his scoring rout from the 61st minute onwards.
PSG manager Thomas Tuchel told reporters that Mbappe “could have scored five, six or seven.”
The win maintained league leaders PSG’s 100% start to the league — no team in the history of France’s top flight has won all nine of its opening league matches — and the Parisian outfit now enjoys an eight-point lead over nearest challengers Lille in second.
Messi scores but Barca still searching for win
Lionel Messi was on target again for Barcelona, but the Argentine superstar’s equalizer in a 1-1 draw against Valencia was not enough to return the Catalans to the top of La Liga.
Barcelona enjoyed 75% of possession, but are now without a league win in four matches and drop to second in the league, trailing leaders Sevilla by a point.
At least Barca will take some solace from the fact rival Real Madrid is also struggling.
Real’s winless run also extended to four games as Julen Lopetegui’s side fell to a 1-0 defeat to Alaves Saturday — Real’s third loss in four matches.