World Cup: Kylian Mbappe ‘is the BEST player in the game’, says former US defender Alexi Lalas

Kylian Mbappe ‘is the BEST player in the game’, claims former USA defender Alexi Lalas, as he says the France star ‘lives up to his billing’ after dazzling again at the World Cup in recent 16

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Former USA international Alexi Lalas has argued that Kylian Mbappe is the best player in the game after the French superstar’s outstanding World Cup performances.

The 23-year-old has spearheaded Les Bleus’ impressive title defense so far in Qatar, most recently dazzling with two scintillating goals in France’s 3-1 win over Poland to book their place in the quarter-finals.

The two goals saw him reach a tally of nine World Cup goals, becoming the fastest under-24 at age eight and taking the record from Brazilian soccer legend Pelé.

Kylian Mbappé has excelled in the World Cup

Former US defender Alexi Lalas has argued that Mbappé is the best player in the game.

Former US defender Alexi Lalas has argued that Mbappé is the best player in the game.

Former US defender Alexi Lalas (right) has argued that Kylian Mbappé (left) is the best player in the game.

The 23-year-old recently dazzled with two brilliant goals in France's 3-1 win over Poland.

The 23-year-old recently dazzled with two brilliant goals in France's 3-1 win over Poland.

The 23-year-old recently dazzled with two brilliant goals in France’s 3-1 win over Poland.

The PSG star has earned much praise with his impressive performances, including former USA defender and FOX Sports pundit Lalas.

The American claimed that Mbappe lives up to his superstar fame on football’s biggest stage, before arguing that the striker is entitled to the title of the best player in the world.

“We inflate the stars, like in any sport, and when we have stars in the World Cup, it doesn’t always work out where they are up to billing,” Lalas said in his State of the Union podcast.

The PSG forward was the star of the show again as he led Les Bleus to the quarter-finals

The PSG forward was the star of the show again as he led Les Bleus to the quarter-finals

The PSG forward was the star of the show again as he led Les Bleus to the quarter-finals

He put in a sensational effort past Wojciech Szczesny in stoppage time to seal the win.

He put in a sensational effort past Wojciech Szczesny in stoppage time to seal the win.

He put in a sensational effort past Wojciech Szczesny in stoppage time to seal the win.

“And yet this Kylian Mbappe, I think there’s a real case, and it’s debatable, but this is the best player alive playing today.”

Mbappe was named Man of the Match for his performance against Robert Lewandowski and company and also won the award in group stage wins against Australia and Denmark.

He is also the competition’s top scorer with five after a brace against Poland, after a goal against the Socceroos and a brace to beat the Danes, two behind any other player in the Golden Boot race.

Aston Villa's Matty Cash had a grueling night as he had to deal with Mbappe's pace

Aston Villa's Matty Cash had a grueling night as he had to deal with Mbappe's pace

Aston Villa’s Matty Cash had a grueling night as he had to deal with Mbappe’s pace

Mbappé dazzled the Poland defense in the second half and doubled the lead in the 75th minute

Mbappé dazzled the Poland defense in the second half and doubled the lead in the 75th minute

Mbappé dazzled the Poland defense in the second half and doubled the lead in the 75th minute

Mbappe will be hoping to keep up his unplayable displays as he leads France’s charge towards a world championship defense.

The defending champions next face England in the quarter-finals, who impressed by beating Senegal 3-0 on Sunday.

But France will undoubtedly provide a tougher challenge for The Three Lions and Mbappe, in particular, will be looking to tear them to pieces.

Didier Deschamps’ men take on England in the blockbuster showdown on Saturday at 2pm EST.

Didier Deschamps' men will now take on England in a blockbuster showdown on Saturday.

Didier Deschamps' men will now take on England in a blockbuster showdown on Saturday.

Didier Deschamps’ men will now take on England in a blockbuster showdown on Saturday.

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