Kylian Mbappé: A Generational Wonder and a Great talent

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Kylian Mbappé Lottin, born 20 December 1998, is a French professional footballer who plays as a striker for Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain and the French national team. Regarded as one of the best players in the world, he is known for his clinical prowess, dribbling, strength and explosive speed.

Mbappe started his senior career with AS Monaco making his debut in 2015 and going on to win the Ligue 1 title with them. He also won the Young Player of the Year and Golden Boy award in 2017. He signed on loan for PSG and later made the deal a permanent one which Monaco merited €180m in transfer fees making him the second most expensive player and the most expensive teenager ever.

Internationally, Mbappé made his senior debut for France in 2017 at the age of 18. At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Mbappé became the youngest French player to score at a World Cup and the second teenager to score a World Cup final goal after Pelé. He finished the tournament as a joint top scorer while France won the tournament and earned the Best Young Player and French Player of the Year Awards.

Early Life 

Mbappe was born in Paris and raised in Bondy, Seine-Saint-Denis a small community near the centre of Paris. His father and agent Wilfried is from Cameroon and he is al football coach while his mother Fayza Lamari is an Algerian and a former handball player. Mbappe has a younger brother Ethan who plays for PSG U-12 and an adopted brother Jirès Kembo Ekoko who is professional footballer. Mbappe idolise Cristiano Ronaldo and looks to emulate the Portuguese.

Club Career

Kylian Mbappe began his career at AS Brondy which was coached by his father Wilfried and later joined the Clairefontaine Academy impressing at the academy leading to numerous French clubs and European giants like Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City attempting to sign him. Mbappe travelled to London at the age of 11 for a trial at Chelsea where he featured for their youth team against Charlton Athletic but later chose Monaco.

Monaco

Mbappe warming up for Monaco

Mbappe made his debut for Monaco on 2 December 2015 in a 1-1 draw in the Ligue 1 against SM Cean replacing Fabio Coentrão in the 88th minute. He became Monaco’s youngest ever first team player at the age of 16years 347 days breaking the record which was previously held by Thierry Henry.

He scored his first goal for Monaco in their 3-1 Ligue 1 victory over Troyes on 20 February 2016 and becam le the youngest first team goalscorer once again breaking Thierry Henry’s record. Monaco tied him down to a three-year contract on 6 March 2016, which was his first ever professional contract.

His first hatrick came on 14 December 2016 in their Coup de La Ligue game against Stade Rennais as Monaco thrashed them 7-0. His first Ligue 1 hatrick was also recorded on 11 February 2017 as they beat Metz 5-0. His goal scoring streak continued as the 18-year-old striker ended the season with 26 goals in 44 appearances winning the Ligue 1 with Monaco in the 2016-17 Season.

Paris Saint Germain 

Mbappe made a switch to PSG on 31 August 2017 on loan from Monaco before making his move permanent for a record reported transfer fee of €145 million plus €35m in add ons making him the most expensive teenager ever in the domestic league and subsequently the second most expensive after Neymar.

He scored on his debut for PSG on 8 September 2017 against Metz and recorded his first European goal for the Parisiens in the UEFA Champions League group stage game against Celtic. In the second group stage game against Bayern Munich, Mbappe starred once again as he set up goals for teammates Edison Cavani and Neymar.

Mbappe finished the seaon as top scorer with 33 goals while PSG won the Ligue 1. He was awarded as the Ligue 1 Player of the 2017-18 Season.

In the 2019-20 season, minor injuries worried Mbappe but he continued to excel for Paris Saint Germain as he once again became the joint top goalscorer with Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder but Mbappe was given the award due to his goal per game ratio.

PSG again emerged Ligue 1 winners and went to the Champions League final where they were defeated 1-0 by Bayern Munich.

International Career 

Mbappe won the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award in 2018

Starrimg in his debut season at Monaco, Mbappé scored five goals for France as they the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

Mbappé was called up to the French senior team for the first time in March 2017 against Luxembourg and Spain. He made his debut on March 25 against the former team and came on in the 78th minute to replace Dimitri Payet in their 3-1 away win in in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.  He is the second youngest player of all times (only after Marian Wisniewski), to play for France at the age of 18, three months and five days. On 31 August 2017 Mbappé scored his first international goal in the 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands. He scored twice against Russia in a friendly in March 2018.

In the FIFA World Cup 2018, Mbappe starres for France as they went on to win the World Cup. He scored his first world cup goal for France in their group stage win over Peru making him the youngest French goalscorer in a World Cup tournament at the age of 19. He also won the the Man of the match award after a stellar performance against Argentina in the World Cup netting twice in their 4-3 win. He became the second youngest player ever to score a brace in a World Cup tournament after Pele in 1958.

He then went on to strike a 25 yard screamer in the finals against Croatia as France emerged victorious with the game ending 4-2. He became the second teenage to score in a World Cup final after Pele. With a tally of four goals in the tournament, he was awarded the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player.

On 11 June 2019, Mbappe netted his 100th career goal in a 4-0 away win over Andorra in the Euro 2020 qualifying game. He also scored the only goal in the UEFA Nations League win over Sweden on 5 September 2020 but two days later , he tested positive for Covid-19 and had to self isolate.

Honours 

Monaco

▪︎Ligue 1: 2016–17

▪︎Coupe de la Ligue runner-up: 2016–17

▪︎Trophée des Champions runner-up: 2017

Paris Saint-Germain

▪︎Ligue 1: 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20

▪︎Coupe de France: 2017–18, 2019–20; runner-up: 2018–19

▪︎Coupe de la Ligue: 2017–18, 2019–20

▪︎Trophée des Champions: 2019

▪︎UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2019–20

France U19

▪︎UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2016

France

▪︎FIFA World Cup: 2018

Individual

▪︎UEFA European Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2016

▪︎UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year: 2018–19

▪︎UNFP Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year: 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19

▪︎UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19

▪︎UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Month: April 2017, March 2018, August 2018, February 2019

▪︎UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2016–17, 2019–20

▪︎FIFA FIFPro World11: 2018, 2019

▪︎FIFA FIFPro World11 3rd team: 2017

▪︎Golden Boy: 2017

▪︎Ballon d’Or: 2017 (7th place), 2018 (4th place), 2019 (6th place)

▪︎The Best FIFA Men’s Player: 2018 (4th place), 2019 (6th place)

▪︎UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award: 2017 (8th place), 2018 (6th place)

▪︎FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award: 2018

▪︎FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2018

▪︎Kopa Trophy: 2018

▪︎IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2018

▪︎French Player of the Year: 2018, 2019

▪︎UEFA Team of the Year: 2018

▪︎Ligue 1 Top Goalscorer: 2018–19, 2019–20

▪︎Onze de Bronze: 2019

 

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