Sixty years after Pele, Kylian Mbappe became only the second teenager to score a goal in a World Cup final — and Associated Press photographers were on hand to document that moment and hundreds of others across the sporting landscape.
FILE – In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris lifts the trophy after France won 4-2 during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 file photo new world champion Simone Biles of the U.S. waits for the medal ceremony as the light bounces off a Russian gymnasts suit after the women’s team final of the Gymnastics World Chamionships at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
FILE – In this Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 file photo Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam makes an attempt in the shot put of the heptathlon at the European Athletics Championships at the Olympic stadium in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
FILE – In this Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 file photo England’s Jonny Bairstow and England’s James Anderson run off the pitch as sudden heavy rain starts during the second day of the second test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
Mbappe helped his France team win the final, but he also showed his speed and skill throughout the tournament in Russia.
FILE – In this Friday July 27, 2018 file photo Italy’s Oliveiro Troia, second left, and Italy’s Marco Marcato, third from left, receive blessing at the Grotto of the Apparitions prior to the nineteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 200. (124.6 miles) with start in Lourdes and finish in Laruns, France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
FILE – In this Monday July 2, 2018 file photo Julia Goerges of Germany serves to Monica Puig of Puerto Rica during the Women’s Singles first round match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
FILE – In this Sunday, June 10, 2018 file photo Spain’s Rafael Nadal jumps in a corridor before his men’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Austria’s Dominic Thiem at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
FILE – In this Saturday July 7, 2018 file photo Eleonora Molinaro of Luxembourg serves to Natasha Subhash of the US during their girls’ singles match on the sixth day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
FILE – In this Saturday, March 17, 2018 file photo England’s Anthony Watson, left, and Ireland’s Rob Kearney try to catch the ball during the Six Nations rugby union match between England and Ireland at Twickenham stadium in London. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)
Pictures from the World Cup feature prominently in the list of AP sports photos from around Europe and Africa in 2018, but others also made their mark. There is Formula One, tennis, cricket and rugby, as well as a picture of American gymnast Simone Biles awaiting yet another world championship gold medal.
FILE – In this Saturday, May 26, 2018 file photo Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with fans after winning the Champions League Final soccer match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)
FILE – In this Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 file photo Tiger Woods of the US chips on to the 6th green during a fourball match on the opening day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo Monaco’s Han-Noah Massengo heads the ball during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Monaco at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
FILE – In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo seen from left are, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic hugging CVroatias head coach Zlatko Dalic as heavy rain falls during the award ceremony at the end of the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
In this photo dated Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 (L to R) wrestlers Nelson Fernandes, Alex Legrand, Ace Angel, and Zach, bottom, headlock wrestlers Lord Steven Crowley, Darkmundo, Maeven, and PV Red, fight during a wrestling charity gala in Ivry-sur-Seine, south of Paris, France. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
FILE – In this Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 file photo a competitor takes part at the 2nd annual Belgrade Underpants Run on the banks of the Danube in Belgrade, Serbia. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic, File)
FILE – In this Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 file photo an unidentified athlete makes his trial jump at the ski jump in Bischofshofen, Austria, the fourth stage of the Four Hills Ski Jumping event. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 file photo Alexia Paganini of Switzerland competes in the Ladies Short Program during the ISU figure skating France’s Trophy, in Grenoble, French Alps. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
FILE – In this Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 file photo Czech Republic’s Krystof Kryzl crashes during the first run of an alpine ski, men’s World Cup giant slalom, in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta, File)
FILE – In this Sunday, May 27, 2018 file photo Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia steers his car during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
FILE – In this photo taken with slow shutter speed France’s Kylian Mbappe runs with the ball during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)
Source: The Associated Press