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Kylian Mbappé
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Personal information
Full name Kylian Mbappé Lottin[1]
Date of birth (1998-12-20) 20 December 1998 (age 19)[2]
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[3]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Paris Saint-Germain
Number 29
Youth career
2004–2013 AS Bondy
2013–2015 Monaco
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Monaco B 12 (4)
2015–2018 Monaco 41 (16)
2017–2018Paris Saint-Germain (loan) 27 (13)
2018– Paris Saint-Germain 0 (0)
National team
2014 France U17 2 (0)
2016 France U19 11 (7)
2017– France 22 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:14, 1 July 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:13, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Kylian Mbappé Lottin (French pronunciation: ​[kiljan (ə)mbape]; born 20 December 1998) is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team.

Mbappé came into prominence at an early age, starring for the youth academy at Bondy before gaining a move to Monaco, where he made his professional debut in 2015. Mbappé then quickly established himself as a regular goalscorer for the first team in the 2016–17 season, as he helped the club gain their first Ligue 1 title in seventeen years. A year later, he transferred to Paris Saint-Germain for €180 million, making him the most expensive teenager, and the world's second-most expensive player.[4] In his debut season in the French capital, Mbappé featured heavily as the club captured a domestic treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France, and Coupe de la Ligue.

Mbappé made his senior debut for France in 2017, after previously representing them at under-17 and under-19 levels. At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Mbappé became the youngest French player to score at a World Cup,[5] and became the second teenager, after Pelé, to score in a World Cup Final. France won the tournament, he finished as the joint second-highest goalscorer, and he received the Best Young Player Award for his performances.[6][7]

Early life

Mbappé was born in Paris, France.[3] His father, Wilfried Mbappé, is from Cameroon, and, as well as being his agent, is a football coach, while his mother, Fayza Lamari, is from Algeria, and is a former handball player.[8][9] He has a younger brother, Ethan Mbappé, who plays for PSG under-12s.[10][11] His adoptive brother Jirès Kembo Ekoko is also a professional football player.[12] Growing up his idol was Cristiano Ronaldo, a player he looked to emulate.[13][14]

Club career

Early career

"He had technique and vision in the game that most children just don't have. He's got eyes in the back of his head. He knows how to anticipate where the ball will go. Here, he never played for his proper age group, he always played with older children because there was no point leaving him with kids his own age.”

Atmane Airouche, president of AS Bondy, on Mbappé as a child.[9]

Mbappé began his career at AS Bondy, coached by his father, Wilfried. Another of his youth coaches at AS Bondy, Antonio Riccardi, stated,

The first time I coached him was when he was six years old. You could tell he was different. Kylian could do much more than the other children. His dribbling was already fantastic and he was much faster than the others. He was the best player I've ever seen in 15 years coaching here. In Paris there are many talents but I'd never seen a talent like him. He was what we call a 'craque' (the best).[9]

Eventually he moved to the Clairefontaine academy, putting on a host of impressive performances leading to numerous French clubs, and Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Bayern Munich, attempting to sign him.[9] Mbappé travelled to London for a trial with Chelsea when he was 11, playing a match for their youth team against Charlton Athletic.[15] He ultimately settled on Monaco.[16]

Monaco

2015–16 season

Mbappé made his first team debut on 2 December 2015 in a 1–1 Ligue 1 home draw against SM Caen, replacing Fábio Coentrão after 88 minutes. He therefore became Monaco's youngest-ever first-team player aged 16 years 347 days and breaking Thierry Henry's record set 21 years previously.[16][17]

On 20 February 2016, Mbappé scored his first goal for the club's first team, a stoppage-time goal in a home Ligue 1 3–1 win over Troyes; at the age of 17 years and 62 days, he became the youngest first team goalscorer in Monaco's history—once again displacing Henry in the process.[18][19] On 6 March 2016, Mbappé signed his first professional contract, a three-year deal, tying him Monaco until June 2019.[20]

2016–17 season

Mbappé warming up for Monaco in 2017

Mbappé scored the first hat-trick of his first team career on 14 December 2016 in the 7–0 rout of Stade Rennais in the Coupe de la Ligue round of 16 at the Stade Louis II[17][21] – the first hat-trick scored by any Monaco player in the competition since Sonny Anderson in 1997.[22]

On 11 February 2017, Mbappé scored the first Ligue 1 hat-trick of his career in the 5–0 home win over Metz; at 18 years and two months he became the youngest player to score a Ligue 1 hat-trick since Jérémy Ménez did it for FC Sochaux-Montbéliard back in 2005.[23]

On 21 February, Mbappé scored Monaco's second goal in the 40th minute with a half-volley after receiving Fabinho's long ball over the opponents' back line (it was his first ever UEFA Europa League or UEFA Champions League goal and he became the second youngest French scorer in UEFA Champions League history behind Karim Benzema) in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match against Manchester City, which Monaco lost 5–3.[24][25] On 5 March, Mbappé scored two first-half goals in the 4–0 Ligue 1 home win over FC Nantes to bring his Ligue 1 career tally to ten goals and become the youngest player in the last 30 years to hit the Ligue 1/Division 1 ten-career-goals mark. His brace against Nantes on 5 March brought up his 2016–2017 season tally to nine Ligue 1 goals and five Ligue 1 assists in just 822 minutes of Ligue 1 football.[26][27] On 11 March, he scored a goal in the 2–1 Ligue 1 home win against FC Girondins de Bordeaux to register his seventh Ligue 1 goal in his last four starts.[28]

In the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match at the Stade Louis II on 15 March, he made the score 1–0 for Monaco in the 8th minute by turning home Bernardo Silva's low cross from close-range (his 11th goal in his past 11 matches in all competitions) to help Monaco beat Manchester City 3–1 (aggregate score 6–6) and advance to the quarter-finals on the away goals rule.[29] Mbappé ended the season with 26 goals from 44 matches in all competitions.[30]

Paris Saint-Germain

Mbappé’s Paris Saint-Germain home jersey for the 2017–2018 season.[31]

On 31 August 2017, Paris Saint-Germain announced the signing of Mbappé from Monaco on loan.[32] The fee required for a subsequent full transfer was set at a rumoured €145 million plus €35 million in add-ons, making him the most expensive teenager ever, and potentially the second most expensive player ever, behind teammate Neymar.[33][34][35][36] He was handed the number 29 shirt upon arrival in the French capital.[31]

He scored on his debut on 8 September in a 5–1 Ligue 1 win at Metz, in which Benoît Assou-Ekotto was sent off for fouling him.[37] Four days later, Mbappé recorded his first European goal for Les Parisiens in a 5–0 UEFA Champions League group stage away defeat of Celtic.[38] He starred in PSG's 3–0 victory over Bayern Munich in the second group game of the Champions League, setting up goals for Edinson Cavani and Neymar, the latter seeing him taking out a defender with a feint by rolling the ball under his foot.[39] On 6 December, Mbappé scored his 10th Champions League goal in a 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich and became the youngest player to reach that mark at the age of 18 years and 11 months.[40] Having won his first league title with the club, on 8 May 2018, Mbappé played as PSG won 2–0 against Les Herbiers VF to clinch the 2017–18 Coupe de France.[41]

International career

Mbappé playing against Russia in Saint Petersburg, March 2018

Mbappé capped a fine debut senior season at Monaco by scoring five times for France as they won the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, the striker almost single-handedly securing their spot in the final with a sparkling performance in their 3–1 victory against Portugal in the semi-finals.[16]

Mbappé was called up to the senior France squad for the first time to face Luxembourg and Spain in March 2017.[42] He made his debut on 25 March 2017 against the former, coming on for Dimitri Payet in the 78th minute of a 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification away win.[17] In doing so, he became the second youngest player (only behind Maryan Wisnieski) to ever feature for France at 18 years, three months and five days old.[43] On 31 August 2017, Mbappé scored his first senior international goal in a 2018 World Cup qualification match against the Netherlands.[44] He scored twice against Russia in a friendly in March 2018.[45]

2018 World Cup

Mbappé holding the World Cup trophy

On 17 May 2018, Mbappé was called up to the France squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[46] On 21 June 2018, he scored his first World Cup goal in France's 1–0 win over Peru. This made him the youngest French goalscorer in World Cup history at age 19.[5] On 30 June 2018, he was named Man of the Match in the Round of 16 4–3 win over Argentina, scoring twice and suffering a foul in the box which resulted in Antoine Griezmann opening the score from a penalty kick.[47] Mbappé was the second teenager to score two goals in a World Cup match after Pelé in 1958.[48] In a post-match press conference Mbappé stated: "It's flattering to be the second one after Pelé but let's put things into context – Pelé is in another category.”[6]

On 15 July, Mbappé scored with a 25 yard strike against Croatia in the 2018 World Cup Final, with France winning 4–2.[49] He became the second teenager, after Pelé, to score in a World Cup Final, and with four goals in the tournament he received the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award.[7] Pelé congratulated him on social media, and stated “welcome to the club”.[50]

Style of play

Mbappé’s movement has been compared to former French star Thierry Henry and Brazilian Ronaldo

Mbappé has been described by Arsène Wenger as a "huge football talent" who "has similarities to Thierry Henry".[51] His talent and precocious performances for France at the 2018 World Cup also led him to be compared to Pelé in the media.[52] A versatile forward, Mbappé often plays as a winger, and is capable of playing on either flank, due to his ability with either foot.[53][54] He is capable of cutting into the centre onto his stronger right foot from the left wing, and is also capable of creating chances and providing assists for teammates from the right.[55][56][57] He is also able to play in the centre as a main striker, due to his composure, clinical finishing, and eye for goal.[58][59][60][61] A highly skilful player, Mbappé is also known for his excellent dribbling ability, as well as his explosive acceleration, agility, quick feet, and creativity when in possession of the ball, as demonstrated by his use of elaborate feints, such as step overs, or sudden changes of pace or direction to beat opponents in one on one situations.[62][63][64] In spite of his tall lean frame, he is also an athletic player, gifted with physical strength.[65]

In addition to his technical skills, Mbappé is also highly regarded for his outstanding pace and close ball control when dribbling at speed, as well as his intelligent movement and ability to beat the defensive line by making attacking runs into space both on and off the ball; his ability to time his runs enables him to stretch opposing defences, and also make him a dangerous offensive threat on counter-attacks.[55][63][66][67] Regarding Mbappé's ability to run at defences, former France international Nicolas Anelka stated, "He reminds me of Ronaldo of the 1996 Olympics. He has the characteristics of a world-class player and he must manage them properly. If he follows Ronaldo's career, 'O Phenomenon', he will be one of the legends that has made history in the sport.”[68]

Media and sponsorship

Mbappé has a sponsorship deal with sportswear and equipment supplier Nike. In 2017, his prodigious talent saw Nike launch his own personalized football boots at age 18, the Kylian Mbappé Nike Hypervenom 3.[69] In 2018, he unveiled the Nike Mercurial Superfly VI boots which were inspired by the R9 Mercurial boots of former Brazilian striker Ronaldo.[70]

Mbappé features in EA Sports' FIFA video game series: on FIFA 18 he had the highest potential rating of 94.[71][72] His trademark goal celebration – posing with his arms crossed and hands tucked under his armpits – was inspired by his younger brother Ethan who would celebrate in this manner when beating Kylian at FIFA.[73][74]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 12 May 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Monaco B 2015–16[17] CFA 10 2 10 2
2016–17[17] CFA 2 2 2 2
Total 12 4 12 4
Monaco 2015–16[17] Ligue 1 11 1 1 0 1 0 1[c] 0 14 1
2016–17[17] Ligue 1 29 15 3 2 3 3 9[d] 6 44 26
2017–18[17] Ligue 1 1 0 1[e] 0 2 0
Total 41 16 4 2 4 3 10 6 1 0 60 27
Paris Saint-Germain (loan) 2017–18[17] Ligue 1 27 13 5 4 4 0 8[d] 4 44 21
Career total 80 33 9 6 8 3 18 10 1 0 116 52
  1. ^ Appearances in Coupe de France
  2. ^ Appearances in Coupe de la Ligue
  3. ^ Appearance in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ Appearance in Trophée des Champions

International

As of match played 15 July 2018[75][76]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2017 10 1
2018 12 7
Total 22 8

International goals

As of match played 15 July 2018. France score listed first, score column indicates score after each Mbappé goal.[75]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 August 2017 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 5  Netherlands 4–0 4–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 27 March 2018 Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia 12  Russia 1–0 3–1 Friendly
3 3–1
4 9 June 2018 Groupama Stadium, Décines-Charpieu, France 15  United States 1–1 1–1
5 21 June 2018 Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia 17  Peru 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup
6 30 June 2018 Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia 19  Argentina 3–2 4–3
7 4–2
8 15 July 2018 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia 22  Croatia 4–1 4–2 2018 FIFA World Cup Final

Honours

Club

Monaco

Paris Saint-Germain

International

Mbappé (number 10) receiving the World Cup best young player award from Emmanuel Macron while being congratulated by Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, with FIFA President Gianni Infantino (far left) next to Vladimir Putin

France

Individual

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