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Kylian Mbappe overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo and is right behind Lionel Messi in the European Golden Shoe race

Uday Jaria
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9.94K   //    21 Feb 2019, 09:15 IST

The race for the European Golden Shoe is heating up
The race for the European Golden Shoe is heating up

What's the news?

Kylian Mbappe continued his goal crusade for Paris Saint-Germain as he netted his 20th league goal of the season against Montpellier HSC. He has now scored more league goals than Cristiano Ronaldo this season and is only behind Lionel Messi in the race for the European Golden Shoe.

In case you didn't know...

PSG extended their lead to 15 points at the top of the Ligue 1 table, as they beat Montpellier HSC 5-1 in their league game at the Parc des Princes.

Layvin Kurzawa gave PSG the lead during the 13th minute of the game, which was nullified by Montpellier's Florent Mollet in the 31st minute. However, Angel di Maria restored the Parisiens' advantage just seconds before the half time break and Christopher Nkunku doubled his team's lead in the 73rd minute.

Montepellier's Vitorino Hilton puts the game beyond the reach of his team by scoring an own goal in the 78th minute and Kylian Mbappe finished the match in some style by finding the back of the net just one minute after Hilton's own goal.

The heart of the matter

Kylian Mbappe scored his 20th league goal of the season in PSG's 5-1 victory over Montpellier HSC and is now right behind Lionel Messi (22 goals) in the race for the European Golden Shoe.

The Frenchman is followed by Cristiano Ronaldo (19 goals), with Sergio Aguero, Krzysztof Piatek, Mohamed Salah and Edinson Cavani also not too far behind them with 17 goals each.

The 20-year-old is currently the top goalscorer in Ligue 1 and he also bagged four goals in PSG's European campaign. He won the Kopa Trophy 2018 and is also tipped to win the Ballon d'Or trophy in the future.

What's next?

Paris Saint-Germain will play Nimes next in the league before facing Dijon FCO at the Parc des Princes in the French Cup on February 27. Mbappe will be hoping to add to his goals tally in both these games.

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