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Kylian Mbappé: Everything You Need To Know About The French Football Player

Kylian Mbappé is a French professional footballer best known for his performance at the 2018 ‘FIFA World Cup.’ Mbappé became the youngest French player to score in a ‘World Cup.’ He ended his ‘World Cup’ campaign with four goals and received the ‘FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award.’ Former Arsenal player Arsène Wenger praised him as an ‘excellent football talent.’ The media frequently compared him to Thierry Henry and Pelé. Mbappé is well-known for his dribbling skill, as well as his agility, creativity, and acceleration when in possession of the ball.

Mbappé became the world’s second-most expensive player in 2017 after signing a €180 million contract with French football club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

Biography:   

Born: December 20, 1998 in Paris, France

Height: 5′ 10″ (1.78 m)

Football:

Debut: International- On 25th March 2017 for France vs Luxembourg

Club: 2nd December 2015 for Monaco vs SM Caen

Jersey No: #10 France National Team 

Early Life: 

Kylian Mbappé was born to Wilfried Mbappé and Fayza Lamari on December 20, 1998, in Bondy, Paris, France. He is of mixed heritage; his father is Cameroonian, while his mother, a former handball star, is Algerian.

Mbappé began playing football at ‘AS Bondy’ when he was six years old, and is now coached by Antonio Riccardi and his father Wilfried. He then transferred to the ‘Clairefontaine’ national football centre, which focuses on developing young French players.

Mbappé’s outstanding performance at ‘Clairefontaine’ caught the interest of world-class clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, and Liverpool. He went to London at the age of 11 to play for Chelsea’s youth team against ‘Charlton Athletic.’ He eventually decided to play for ‘AS Monaco FC’, which competes in the popular French football league, ‘Ligue 1.’

Personal Life:     

Kylian Mbappé’s older brother’s name is Jirès Kembo Ekoko. Mbappé’s father adopted Ekoko, a professional footballer, when he was young. Mbappé also has a younger brother, Ethan Mbappé. Ethan, who has played for the under-12 ‘Paris Saint-Germain’ club, was Mbappé’s mascot during one of the ‘Champions League’ games.

Ethan inspired Mbappé’s way of goal celebration. In one of his interviews, he stated that his younger brother would celebrate in a similar manner after defeating him in EA Sports’ ‘FIFA’ video game.

Mbappé has participated in philanthropic initiatives. On February 22, 2018, he met with ‘FIFA’ president Gianni Infantino, French President Emmanuel Macron, Liberian President George Weah, and former professional football player Didier Drogba. The meeting, held at the ‘Élysée Palace’ in Paris, was about an African sports development project. In an interview, Mbappé discussed his father’s African heritage and stated that the development of sports in Africa is important to him.

Net Worth: 

Kylian Mbappé, a French professional football player, with a net worth of $180 million. Kylian Mbappé is one of the highest-paid soccer players in the world. When he was 19 years old, Kylian made approximately $25 million in salary and sponsorships. Currently, he makes a base salary of $53 million plus $10 million in sponsorships per year, for a total pre-tax earnings of $63 million.

He is widely considered as one of the world’s best players, having won several Ligue 1 and Coupe de France trophies. Meanwhile, as an integral part of the French national squad, Mbappé helped the country win the FIFA World Cup in 2018.

Kylian is the youngest French player to score a World Cup goal, as well as the second-youngest player overall to do so (in the 2018 games). Kylian famously donated his entire $500,000 World Cup wealth to a charity for disabled children.

Kylian re-signed with Paris Saint-Germain in June 2022, ending months of speculation that he had been considering offers from other teams. The deal was worth $160 million over three years and paid around $53 million in base compensation per year. The deal also included a $106 million signing bonus, for a total contract worth of $266.5 million.

In July 2023, Paris Saint-Germain reportedly offered Mbappé a 10-year contract for $1.1 billion.

In July 2023, it was also reported that Saudi team Al-Hilal offered PSG a world record transfer fee of $330 million for Kylian. If he accepts the agreement, Kylian’s yearly salary at Al-Hilal will be an astounding $772 million. 

Awards: 

  • Named to the Tournament Team for the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.
  • Kopa Trophy by France Football (2018)
  • FIFA World Cup: Best Young Player Award (2018)
  • Knight of the Legion of Honour (2018)
  • Ligue 1 Conforama Player of the Year and Best Young Player Award (2019)
  • In 2021, he won the Golden Boot in the Nations League Tournament. 
  • He was also awarded the Ligue 1 Player of the Year and a member of the Team of the Season in 2021, 2022, and 2023.
  • Forbes’ (2022) 30 under 30 list for sports and games in Europe
  • FIFA World Cup: Golden Boot and Silver Ball (2022)
  • Time magazine world’s 100 most important people in 2023
  • Ranked third in the list of Forbes world’s highest-paid athletes (2023)

Fun Facts: 

  • Kylian Mbappe became the second youngest FIFA World Cup final scorer in history in 2018, following Pele in 1958.
  • Kylian Mbappe considers Cristiano Ronaldo to be one of his childhood idols who motivated him to seek a professional football career.
  • Although he has played for several French teams, Kylian Mbappe’s favourite club is Real Madrid.
  • Since his professional debut, Mbappe’s official Instagram account has grown to almost 72 million followers.
  • Mbappe became one of the world’s highest-paid sportsmen in 2022 after his contract was extended to include a monthly salary of $4.6 million.

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Swastika Dubey
Swastika Dubey
Swastika's inclination towards sports, irrespective of the game, has often left her peers awestruck. She never misses a sporting event and devours every single piece of information pertaining to an athlete or their game. People who know her say that calling her a sports fanatic would be an understatement.

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