Kylian Mbappe has hit a 45-year high with Paris Saint-Germain, becoming the first teenager since 1973 to reach 30 Ligue 1 goals.
The 19-year-old forward, fresh from helping France to World Cup glory over the summer, has made a devastating return to domestic action.
He was named on the bench by Thomas Tuchel for a trip to Guingamp on Saturday, but was to make a telling contribution in the tie.
Mbappe was introduced for the second half, with PSG surprisingly trailing at the interval.
Neymar restored parity with a 53rd-minute penalty, but the Brazilian was to be left in the shade by his exciting young team-mate.
With eight minutes left on the clock, Mbappe fired the reigning champions in front.
He then added his second and PSG’s third in stoppage-time, ensuring that a perfect start to the 2018-19 campaign is maintained by Tuchel’s side.
Mbappe’s efforts also saw him pass 30 goals in the French top-flight, with that landmark reached in a little over two seasons.
He opened his account for Monaco back in February 2016, before recording 15 efforts in a title-winning 2016-17 campaign.
Another 13 top-flight goals arrived last season and Mbappe is now up and running this term.
30 – @KMbappe is the first U20 player to score 30 goals in Ligue 1 over the last 45 seasons. Irresistible. pic.twitter.com/seOb2njq0p
— OptaJean ⭐⭐ (@OptaJean) August 18, 2018
PSG will be looking to Mbappe for further inspiration over the coming weeks.
They have seen exciting U.S. starlet Timothy Weah – son of former World Player of the Year George – rise to prominence, but are currently without Edinson Cavani.
The Uruguayan striker is still nursing his way back from a calf injury picked up while away with his country at World Cup 2018.