Christian Pulisic is a soccer player ahead of his time.
The U.S. men’s national team and Borussia Dortmund phenom turned 19 on Monday. To mark the occasion, ESPN’s Paul Carr compiled and shared some statistics which undoubtedly will fuel the Pulisic hype train and perhaps send it (back) into overdrive.
Here’s how Pulisic’s numbers compare with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo before the soccer superstars turned 19:
Ronaldo, 32, and Messi, 30, both are in the running for greatest-of-all-time status, but they weren’t producing goals at the rate Pulisic has over the first 18 months of his professional career.
Pulisic’s attacking statistics also dwarf those of Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan, who jointly hold the USMNT’s goals record with 57.
Pulisic, a native of Hershey, Pa., has been USA’s leading light during this final round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
And he has only just begun to play the sport at the senior-professional level.
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