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Is Kylian Mbappe the next big star in football?

Kylian Mbappe is touted as one of the best players of his generation and has risen to fame in the principality. In the 2015-16 season, Mbappe made his professional debut for Monaco, making him the youngest debutant in the club’s history, breaking the record of Thierry Henry. Kylian Mbappe finally established himself as a first-team regular in 2016-17 season, helping Monaco to secure their first Ligue 1 title triumph in 17 years and also led Monaco to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. In the 2017-18 season, he signed for Paris Saint-Germain on an initial loan, before switching to the Parisian club on a permanent deal in 2018 in a transfer worth 180 million euros. The deal made him the most expensive teenager in the world. Since moving to PSG, Mbappe has matured in his game and has appeared to be the leading contender to take the mantle from Messi and Ronaldo. Even though PSG has a solid squad blessed with stars with excellent football pedigrees, Mbappe has found a way to make himself an integral part of the first team. There is no question Mbappe will continue to set the footballing world alight over the next decade.

 

How unique is Mbappe?

Mbappe is just 21, and the world is already at his feet. He is one of the most exciting players to watch on the planet blessed with skill, blistering pace, a natural goal scorer’s eye, and it’s frightening just how good he will be when he hits his prime in a few years. It is impossible to see how Mbappe can be diverted away from true greatness in the next decade. His arrival at the French giants has been a critical factor behind the club’s three Ligue 1 titles in recent years, winning the Golden boot in 2018-19 season.

He’s scored 76 goals for PSG with 19 goals coming in Europe’s elite competition. He has scored more than any 21-year-old player in the tournament history, achieving it in just 30 games.

On the international stage, Mbappe has already bagged a World Cup winners medal with France. His sterling performance at the 2018 World Cup helped the French National team to clinch their second overall World Cup trophy and the first time in 20 years. He became the second teenager after Pele to score in the final and was also named the World Cup’s best young player by FIFA. Mbappe’s outstanding performances on the field have made him one of the global faces of football commercially. He is at the forefront of multiple Nike marketing campaigns across Europe, and he has become the youngest ever celebrity to have his likeness immortalized in wax at the famous Musee Grevin in Paris. Mbappe tops CIES Football observatory’s annual list of the world’s most valuable players with a value of 294.5 million dollars, according to the group’s latest report. From the way he is playing at the moment, it will take only a dip in form and indiscipline to halt his progress in the beautiful game. As it stands, Mbappe has everything he needs to become the next global football superstar after Messi and Ronaldo.

 

What next for Mbappe?

He is consistent already, doing it week in week scoring more goals, and he has not had many injuries, so his stats should only improve year on year. Mbappe has always attracted interests from big European clubs, including Spanish giants Real Madrid, who have so far failed to replace the goal-scoring exploits of Cristiano Ronaldo since selling him to Juventus in 2018. Real Madrid boss Zidane has not hidden his love for Mbappe and is trying as much as possible to get his services in the summer, but PSG won’t let him go that easily for a low price. It will take a world-record fee to get him. Mbappe is currently spearheading PSG’s quest for an elusive Champions League crown. After eliminating German side Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16, they will be looking forward to seeing their next opponent in the quarter-finals when the UEFA Champions League resumes. When you put things together, Mbappe is a world-class talent but not a world-class player yet and needs to focus and concentrate on achieving his goal of becoming the best player in the world one day.

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