Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappé has been crowned as No. 1 in ESPN FC’s ranking of the top 100 forwards in football.
The 24-year-old French sensation has outshone renowned names like Real Madrid’s Vinícius Júnior and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. Other names that the PSG beat out were his former teammate Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.
Kylian Mbappe beats Vinicius and Lionel Messi in the race for the best men's forward in this year's #FC100 🔥
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 4, 2023
Although talent wasn’t the sole factor in the ranking, the details weren’t revealed over the elements of this list.
Nonetheless, it’s likely that ESPN FC meticulously assessed forwards from various leagues, considering factors such as goal-scoring prowess, creativity, dribbling ability, versatility, and impact on their respective teams.
Mbappé’s exceptional performances and ever-growing influence in the sport have captivated the experts.
Placing Mbappé ahead of established forwards like Vinícius and Salah in ESPN FC’s ranking is a testament to his exceptional talent and sheer dominance in the game.
Vinícius Júnior has displayed immense potential and has become a key figure in Los Blancos’ attack. Salah, a multiple-time Premier League Golden Boot winner, has been a prolific goal scorer and an integral part of Liverpool’s success during his time at Anfield.