News ID: 108215
Publish Date : 25 October 2022 - 20:45

PARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappé helped France win the World Cup four years ago, becoming a superstar in the process. This time, the tournament could serve as a welcome escape from the pressures of Paris Saint-Germain, and also a chance to play in his favorite position.
For Karim Benzema, it’s an opportunity to showcase the talent that led him to winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or at nearly 35 years old.
Their paths to Qatar have greatly diverged.
When the 19-year-old Mbappé scored in the World Cup final four years ago, he was the youngest player since Pelé in 1958 to score in the deciding match. Benzema was nowhere close to Moscow at the time because the Real Madrid forward was exiled from the national team.
Although they played together at last year’s European Championship, Benzema was only just coming back with Les Bleus and things didn’t quite click between them.
They’ve since shown how effective they are in tandem — sharing six goals in one World Cup qualifying win that France coach Didier Deschamps called “a beautiful night of soccer.”
Benzema is second all-time on Madrid’s scoring list behind Cristiano Ronaldo with 329 goals.
Mbappé, expected to break Edinson Cavani’s PSG record of 200 this season, already has 28 goals for France. Benzema has 37, with 10 in his past 16 internationals.
They will form the most lethal attack in Qatar. Especially if Mbappé has the freedom he craves away from the frustration of playing center forward for PSG.

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