Kylian Mbappe continued his sensational breakthrough season at Monaco when on Sunday he became the youngest player this century to hit 14 goals in one of Europe’s top five leagues.
Having also starred in the Champions League with the French league leaders this term, Europe’s top clubs are already targeting the 18-year-old.
But it’s not just the goal scoring charts the French international is sparking up, as the striker’s form has also helped reignite a bitter feud between Nicola Anelka and former France manager Raymond Domenech.
Domenech was in charge of ‘Les Bleus’ during their horrific 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa when in-team fighting led to him sending home Anelka from the tournament on their way to a humiliating group stage exit.
And Domenech couldn’t resist a jibe at the ex-Arsenal and Liverpool striker when speaking of Mbappe’s future potential.
‘I remember Ronaldo at the Olympics in 1996,’ Domenech told L’Equipe, ‘and Mbappe is of this level, a world-class player. It is up to him to manage this well. He has the choice between being a Ronaldo or an Anelka.’
Anelka though was quick to hit back at his former national team manager, and pulled no punches with his scathing response.
‘Yes, Mbappe could be like me, one of the best in the world, or like Ronaldo – a legend,’ he told Le Journal Du Dimanche.
‘Or maybe he could have a career like Domenech: an average Ligue 1 player, an Under 21 coach for 15 years without winning anything, unemployed since 2010, and now writing a column for the newspaper that ended his little coaching career.’
It’s fair to say this particular feud hasn’t eased much in the last seven years