Kylian Mbappé and Erling Braut Håland – comparing Europe’s biggest wonderkids

Few players in recent memory have exploded into the footballing world the same way that Kylian Mbappé and Erling Braut Håland have.

Since bursting onto the scene at just 16 with Monaco, Mbappé has gone on to become one of the most sought-after talents in world football.

Now Håland is following a very similar path, becoming the first teenager to score in five consecutive Champions League matches and building a reputation as one of the most efficient strikers in the game.

While both players boast different attacking styles, it’s impossible not to pit the two against each other given the impact they’ve made at such a young age.

We broke down some of the most notable statistics and records held by each of the young stars.


Erling Braut Håland

  • Averaging a goal roughly every 53 minutes this season.
  • The first teenager since Wayne Rooney to score more than once on his Champions League debut.
  • The first teenager to score 10 Champions League goals in a single campaign.
  • Highest scoring teenager in a single Champions League campaign.
  • The quickest player to reach double figures in the Champions League’s history.
  • The first Dortmund player ever to score on his debut in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and the Champions League.
  • Goals in 2019/20: 40
  • Assists in 2019/20: 9

Kylian Mbappé

  • Monaco’s youngest debutant, breaking Thierry Henry’s record.
  • Monaco’s youngest scorer, breaking Thierry Henry’s record.
  • The first player in Champions League history to score in first four knockout appearances.
  • Most expensive teenager in footballing history.
  • Second ever teenager to score in a World Cup final after Pelé.
  • First teenager to be named in the FIFPRO World XI.
  • First player to win UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year in the same season.
  • Goals in 2019/20: 30
  • Assists in 2019/20: 17

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