Kylian Mbappé Lottin, 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. 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, 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.
Mbappé was born in Paris, France. 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. He has a younger brother, Ethan Mbappé, who plays for PSG under-12s. His adoptive brother Jirès Kembo Ekoko is also a professional football player. Growing up his idol was Cristiano Ronaldo, a player he looked to emulate.
2018 World Cup
On 17 May 2018, Mbappé was called up to the France squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. 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. 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. Mbappé was the second teenager to score two goals in a World Cup match after Pelé in 1958. 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.”
On 15 July, Mbappé scored with a 25 yard strike against Croatia in the 2018 World Cup Final, with France winning 4–2. 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. Pelé congratulated him on social media, and stated “welcome to the club”.
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