Messi, Mbappé Make Time 100 List Of Most Influential People

The annual Time 100 list, which honors the most influential people of the year, featured PSG stars, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé as athletes whose contributions far exceed their star status on the field of play.

On Thursday, Time magazine published its list for 2023 and included the Argentinian soccer icon and French soccer star alongside Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner, World Tennis Association No. 1 women’s player Iga Świątek, and women’s alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin and NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Arguably the fastest soccer player in the world and, at 24, Mbappé is only getting better.

He has been on the cusp of FIFA and soccer’s most prized individual awards, though he established himself as one of the most dangerous players in the sport after a dominant showing in the 2022 World Cup, in which he scored half of France’s 16 goals.

The France forward celebrates after scoring a goal against Argentina in extra time.

In fact, in the final – an eventual loss to Argentina – Mbappé scored twice in a 90-second span to keep France in the match, and finished with a hat trick.

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His eight goals in the 2022 World Cup were the most in a single World Cup since Brazilian star Ronaldo in 2002. Mbappé is tied with Pele with 12 World Cup goals overall, and he needs only four more to match Miroslav Klose’s record.

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With his age, though, it’s within reason that Mbappé might have up to three more World Cups in his career. And with his dominant final, Mbappé showed that he’s a player who can take over a game, even on the biggest stage.

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