At just 19-years-old, French prodigy Kylian Mbappe is already breaking records with ease, outshining the world’s best players and has the attributes to become a global superstar.
Question is, can he keep his feet firmly on the ground?
After making his first team debut in December 2015, Mbappe, the Paris Saint-Germain forward (on-loan from AS Monaco) has shined a bright light on the footballing world with some mesmerizing performances in not just Ligue 1 but also the Champions League, which has seen some of Europe’s elite clubs eager to sign the talented young prospect.
His style of play is like no other, direct, agile, a frightening turn of pace, an excellent dribbler and clinical in front of goal whether he is on the left or right-hand side. A constant menace to his opposition.
Here is an in-depth look at his career so far…
– Born on December 20, 1998. Mbappe has always had a remarkable talent for football and was infact schooled at the same football centre as stars such as William Gallas, Nicolas Anelka and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. This was at the revolutionary Clairefontaine Academy which turns 30-years-old this year.
– Before he signed for AS Monaco, the Frenchman represented a Chelsea youth team, a club who he supported growing up and played against Charlton Athletic before opting to switch to the South of France.
– Aged just 16, Mbappe made his Monaco debut and became the club’s youngest-ever player and even broke Henry’s record which stood for 21 years and soon after broke another one set by the former Arsenal striker, scoring his first goal for the club in February 2016 in a 3-1 win against Troyes.
– As far as record’s go, it doesn’t stop there as Mbappe helped Monaco win their first league title in 17 years in a season where he managed 16 goals in 41 appearances.
– Mbappe has also been one of the standout performers in the Champions League in recent seasons, becoming the youngest goalscorer to reach 10 goals and prior to this, he also boasts the record for being the highest-scoring teenager after overtaking Patrick Kluivert.
– Since making the switch to PSG, he has built an exciting and yet terrifying partnership with teammates Neymar and Edinson Cavani, scoring a sensational 53 goals between the trio in Ligue 1 as Unai Emery’s side are sitting comfortably at the top, 14 points clear with just 11 games to go.
– At 19, Mbappe has already scored more goals and set up more assists than both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo did when they were his age.
– Mbappe: 31 Games, 17 Goals, 10 Assists
– Messi: 17 Games, 6 Goals, 2 Assists
– Ronaldo: 33 Games, 5 Goals, 6 Assists
The Frenchman has also performed well for his national team, winning the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship and has since made his senior debut in March 2017, scoring his first goal for Les Bleus in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match against the Netherlands. Mbappe will look to add to his international tally at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
And with a deal in place to join PSG permanently at the end of the season for an estimated £180 million, there’s going to be even more pressure on this young man’s shoulders as expectations will grow even further but if he stays grounded, there’s no reason why he can’t go on and win future Ballon d’Ors.