Kylian Mbappe is once again the toast of Paris after he scored four times in PSG’s 5-0 win over Lyon.
Fittingly, one of the world-beating 19-year-old’s finest performances to date came just a day before the full shortlist for the Ballon d’Or is unveiled.
“The Ballon d’Or? Why not? I don’t rule out anything.”
That was the striker’s take in the aftermath of a result that moves the reigning champions a ludicrous eight points clear at the top of the table after just nine games.
Neymar had opened the scoring with a ninth-minute penalty, though it’s fair to say it was quickly forgotten about in light of his younger team-mate’s heroics.
Indeed, the World Cup winner became the youngest player in 45 years to score four in a single league game in the French top flight.
Given Neymar’s power at the club – it’s even rumoured he has a large say in which players are signed – it’s easy to see why there is already talk that his own exploits are being overshadowed.
The Brazilian has played a part in 17 goals already this season, but all anyone is talking about right now is Mbappe, who has been quick to show his deference to the former Barcelona man.
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“The club has chosen,” Mbappe told BEIN Sports.
“The leader is Neymar. For now, at PSG, it’s not a talking point whether I should take this role.”
In reality, a look at Mbappe’s highlights against Lyon shows that far from there being any tension between the two, he should actually be grateful to Neymar for setting up three of his four goals.