Kylian Mbappe Profile
|Born||Dec 20, 1998|
Kylian Mbappe is a forward who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain and the French national side. He is widely considered one of the best players in the world.
Kylian Mbappe is a French forward who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain and the French national side.
After an initial loan spell, Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco for €180million in 2018, becoming the second most expensive player of all time behind team-mate Neymar.
The forward is a four-time title winner in France and was awarded the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award in 2018/19. He was the league's top scorer in 2018/19 and 2019/20.
Mbappe was part of the France side that won the 2018 World Cup in Russia, finishing the tournament with four goals including a clinical strike against Croatia in the final.
He became the first teenager since Brazil legend Pele to score in a World Cup final and was awarded the FIFA Best Young Player award. Mbappe is widely recognised as one of the most talented players on the planet. He is best known for his pace, dribbling and ruthless finishing.
Breaking through at Monaco
Mbappe began his career at AS Bondy before joining Monaco's youth set-up at the age of 14.
In December 2015, he made his first-team debut as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with SM Caen, becoming the club's youngest ever player - a record previously held by France legend Thierry Henry. In February 2016, the forward scored his first Ligue 1 goal in a 3-1 win over Troyes. A month later, he signed his first professional contract with the club.
Mbappe made a name for himself in the 2016/17 season, scoring 15 goals in 29 games as Monaco won the Ligue 1 title. In February 2017, he was on target in a 5-3 loss to Manchester City in the Champions League, becoming the second youngest Frenchman to score in Europe behind Karim Benzema. The forward finished the competition with six goals as Monaco were knocked out by Juventus in the semi-finals.
A world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain
After impressing at Monaco, Mbappe earned a move to PSG in 2017 on an initial loan deal. The forward made an immediate impact, scoring in a 5-1 win over Metz on his debut.
In 2018, the French giants paid €145million to make the move permanent, plus another €35million in add-ons, making Mbappe the second most expensive player of all time behind Neymar.
The Frenchman was given the prestigious number seven shirt, which was vacated by Lucas Moura when the Brazilian joined Tottenham Hotspur.
In 2018/19, he was awarded the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award after scoring 33 goals in just 29 matches, making him the league's top scorer.
Mbappe also finished the 2019/20 campaign as top scorer, finding the net 18 times in 20 matches before the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The remaining Champions League fixtures went ahead and PSG reached the final, losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich in Lisbon. The forward continued his fine form, finishing the tournament with five goals and six assists. He also became the youngest player to reach 15 goals in the competition, surpassing Barcelona and Argentina legend Lionel Messi's record.
In the 2021 transfer window, Mbappe's future at PSG came under question. Real Madrid - a club Mbappe has often spoke admirably about - enquired about him and eventually submitted a bid of Â£167million, but PSG refused to respond.
Los Blancos eventually pulled out of the deal, but with Mbappe running out of contract in 2022, the Frenchman is expected to sign for the Spanish side for free next summer.
Mbappe's first taste of international success came in the 2016 UEFA Under-19 Championship. He finished the tournament with five goals as France beat Italy in the final to lift the trophy.
The forward made his debut for the senior team as a substitute in a 3-1 win over Luxembourg in 2017, becoming the second-youngest player to represent France since Maryan Wisnieski. His first international goal came in a 4-0 win over the Netherlands in August 2017.
Mbappe was influential in France's 2018 World Cup win in Russia, scoring five goals and becoming the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele. The forward was awarded the FIFA Best Young Player award, a title previously held by the likes of Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Michael Owen.
Mbappe narrowly missed out on the Golden Boot award, finishing just a goal behind England forward Harry Kane. He also became the youngest French international to score in a World Cup after getting on the scoresheet in a 1-0 win over Peru in the group stage.
Euro 2020, however, proved a tournament to forget for Mbappe.
The striker failed to find the net in four games and also missed the vital penalty as the tournament favourites crashed out in the second round at the hands of unfancied Switzerland.
Mbappe's father, Wilfried, is a soccer coach and has been the forward's agent since his career began at AS Bondy.
His younger brother, Ethan, is also a talented player and is currently signed to PSG's youth ranks.
In February 2018, the Frenchman met with French president Emmanuel Macros, former AC Milan star and Liberian president George Weah, and former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba to discuss a sports development project in Africa - an issue he is passionate about due to his parents' African origins.
Mbappe ranked at No. 36 in the World's Highest Paid Athletes List by Forbes in 2020, earning an annual salary of $20.8million plus performance bonuses.
The Frenchman ranked above Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil. He also made $13million through endorsement deals in the previous 12 months, taking his total earnings to $33.8million.
In 2018, Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot named Mbappe its first active player global ambassador.
In addition, the forward's first Nike Mercurial shoe launched in December 2019 and several months later he became the cover star of EA's hugely popular FIFA video game series. The list of previous cover stars included the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard. Mbappe's trademark crossed arms goal celebration has also been added to the game.
In September 2021, Forbes published an article that contained a list of the top 10 highest-earning soccer players for the 2021/22 season. PSG's Kylian Mbappe ranks fourth on the list as he will earn $43million in the upcoming season. He was announced as the cover for FIFA 22 and as he was on the cover of FIFA 21, he will be the first player since Cristiano Ronaldo to appear on back-to-back covers.