Kylian Mbappé - Biography
Kylian Mbappé Lottin is a French professional footballer who plays forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain as well as the France national team.
Mbappé started his senior career with Ligue 1 club Monaco, where he made his professional debut at the age of 16 in 2015. He won the Ligue 1 championship, the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award, and the Golden Boy award with them. He joined league rivals Paris Saint-Germain on an initial loan in 2017, which was extended in 2018 in a deal for €180 million plus add-ons, making him both the second-most expensive player and the most expensive teenager.
Mbappé has won three Ligue 1 championships, three Coupe de France crowns, twice been voted Ligue 1 Player of the Year, and has ended as the league's top scorer for three straight seasons. He is also the club's third-highest goal scorer in history.
Mbappé earned his senior debut for France in 2017, when he was 18 years old. Mbappé became the youngest French player to score in a World Cup in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the second teenager, after Pelé, to score in a World Cup Final. As France won the tournament, he ended as the tournament's equal second-highest goalscorer, and he earned the Best Young Player and French Player of the Year honours for his efforts.
Mbappé was born in Paris and reared in Bondy, Seine-Saint-Denis, a town 10.9 kilometres (6.8 miles) from the city centre. His father, Wilfried, is from Cameroon and a football coach in addition to being Mbappé's agent, while his mother, Fayza Lamari, is of Algerian Kabyle descent and a former handball player. He has a younger brother, Ethan, who played for PSG's under-12 team in 2018.
Jirès Kembo Ekoko, Mbappé's adopted brother, is also a professional footballer. Growing up, his hero was Cristiano Ronaldo, whom he aspired to be like. Kylian Mbappé attended a private Catholic school in Bondy as a youngster, where he was regarded academically bright but very disruptive.
Mbappé told Time in 2018 about the sacrifices he made as a youngster to concentrate on his football development: 'I did not experience the moments of so-called normal people throughout adolescence, like going out with friends, having nice times.' Despite the fact that he is losing out on a 'regular' existence, Mbappé claims to be 'living the life he always dreamt of.'
He has over 50 million Instagram followers little over four years after making his professional debut. While he acknowledges that his 'life has been completely flipped upside down' when he first came to public attention, he claims to be 'glad.'
Kylian's brother Ethan signed a 'aspiring' contract with Paris Saint-Germain on June 25, 2021, with a term expiring in 2024.
Mbappé started his career with AS Bondy, where his father, Wilfried, coached him. Antonio Riccardi, another of his young coaches at AS Bondy, said,
I coached him for the first time when he was six years old. You could tell he was unique. Kylian was considerably more capable than the other youngsters. His dribbling was already excellent, and he was considerably quicker than the other players. In my 15 years of teaching here, he was the greatest player I'd ever seen. There are many talents in Paris, but I'd never seen one like him. He was a 'crack' in our language (the best)
Mbappé was signed by Leonardo Jardim in October 2015 to be a regular in Monaco's B-team, but his level of ability and maturity forced his promotion to the main squad after just three weeks. Two months later, on 2 December 2015, he made his first team debut in a 1–1 Ligue 1 home draw against Caen, replacing Fábio Coentro after 88 minutes. As a result, at the age of 16 years and 347 days, he became Monaco's youngest-ever first-team player, breaking Thierry Henry's 21-year-old record.
Mbappé scored his first hat-trick of his first-team career in a 7–0 thrashing of Rennes in the Coupe de la Ligue round of 16 at the Stade Louis II on 14 December 2016 — the first hat-trick achieved by any Monaco player in the tournament since Sonny Anderson in 1997.
Mbappé scored Monaco's second goal in the 40th minute with a half-volley after collecting Fabinho's long pass 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 after Karim Benzema) in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg encounter against Manch on 21 February.
Mbappé scored two first-half goals in a 4–0 Ligue 1 home victory against Nantes on March 5, bringing his Ligue 1 career total to 10 goals and making him the youngest player in the past 30 years to reach the Ligue 1/Division 1 ten-goal milestone. His brace against Nantes on March 5 increased his 2016–17 season total to nine Ligue 1 goals and five Ligue 1 assists in just 822 minutes of Ligue 1 action. On March 11, he scored in a 2–1 Ligue 1 home victory against Bordeaux, his eighth Ligue 1 goal in his previous four starts.
Mbappé praised teammate Monaco striker Radamel Falcao with being a major influence on him during the season, allowing him room to express himself and teaching him to be 'cool' and 'serene' during the game, qualities Mbappé noticed he lacked.
Mbappé was signed on a loan basis by Paris Saint-Germain on August 31, 2017. A persuasive speech by then-Paris coach Unai Emery at the Mbappes' home in the summer, when Zidane was not promising the youngster a starting spot at Real Madrid (fresh from their 12th Champions League triumph) with an attacking trio of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, and Cristiano Ronaldo, was a turning point.
Luis Ferrer, a scout for PSG, told Le Parisien in an interview: 'I recall Unai's great strength and ability. He said he'd play with Kylian. He also followed through on his word. Unai had committed, therefore he played Kylian even though he wasn't nearly ready for a Champions League match. At 10:30 p.m. one night, I arrived in Paris. I phoned Antero to give him an update when I arrived, and he was shocked that I hadn't remained in the south. I boarded the first flight the following day at 6:00 a.m. I rang the Mbappés with croissants' doorbell two hours later.'
For the Argentine newspaper Infobae, he explained: 'Real Madrid had to put in twice as much effort as us. We visited his home to speak with his parents and pitch our idea to them. We had to go to great lengths to demonstrate to him that we really desired him and that he would be valuable to us 'Ferrer had a lot of anxiety. With the World Cup only a year away, Mbappé sought for a renowned club where he could be certain of a starting spot.
A later complete transfer price of €145 million + €35 million in add-ons was reportedly agreed, making him the most expensive adolescent ever, the most expensive transfer ever inside a domestic league, and perhaps the second most expensive player ever, after teammate Neymar. Upon arriving in the French capital, he was given the number 29 jersey.
On September 8, Mbappé made his Ligue 1 debut, scoring in a 5–1 victory against Metz in which Benoît Assou-Ekotto was sent off for fouling him. Mbappé scored his first European goal for Les Parisiens against Celtic in a 5–0 UEFA Champions League group stage away win four days later. In PSG's 3–0 win against Bayern Munich in the Champions League's second group game, he set up goals for Edinson Cavani and Neymar, with the latter including a feint by sliding the ball under his foot to take off a defender.
Mbappé became the youngest player in Champions League history when he scored his 10th goal in a 3–1 loss to Bayern Munich on December 6. He was 18 years and 11 months old at the time. Mbappé participated in PSG's 2017–18 Coupe de France-clinching 2–0 victory against Les Herbiers VF on 8 May 2018, after winning his first league championship with the club.
Mbappé was handed the number 7 shirt by PSG in July 2018, replacing Lucas Moura in the lineup. Mbappé used the hashtag #K7LIAN to express his feelings about the situation 'I'm still striving to improve on the field, and I believe it's time for me to switch numbers. It's almost reassuring. Many greats have donned the No. 7 jersey. I'm hoping that on the field, I'll be able to do honour to this number.'
Mbappé was one of two players (the other being Cavani) to score a hat-trick in PSG's 9–0 victory against Guingamp on January 19, 2019, surpassing the club's previous season's record. He scored a goal in a 2–0 Champions League round of 16 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford on February 12th. He scored twice in a 2–1 away victory against Caen on March 2 to earn the club's 50th goal. PSG was eliminated from the Champions League on the away goals rule after losing 3–1 at home to Manchester United on March 6.
He scored a hat-trick against Monaco in a 3–1 victory on April 21, marking his first goals against his old club. PSG won Ligue 1 and Mbappé was named Player of the Year, scoring 33 goals in the process.
Mbappé won his first trophy of the 2019–20 season, the 2019 Trophée des Champions, on August 3rd, scoring two goals in a 2–1 victory against Rennes. On August 11, he scored again in PSG's 3–0 home victory against Nîmes in Ligue 1. In a 5–0 away victory against Belgian club Club Brugge in the Champions League on October 22, he came off the bench and scored a beautiful hat-trick, becoming him the youngest player ever to score at least 15 goals in the tournament at the age of 20 years and 306 days.
Mbappé missed the first three games of the season after acquiring COVID-19 while representing France at the World Cup. On September 20, 2020, he scored a penalty kick goal in a 3–0 away victory against Nice. In a 2–0 Champions League group stage win against Istanbul Başakşehir on October 28, Mbappé earned two assists, both for Moise Kean. With fourteen assists in four seasons, he became the player with the most assists in the competition since the start of the 2017–18 season.
Mbappé scored his 100th goal for PSG in a Ligue 1 match against Montpellier on December 5, becoming the club's sixth player to do so. Mbappé scored his first two goals of the European season in PSG's last Champions League group encounter against Başakşehir, as the French champions triumphed 5–1 and advanced to the knockout round. He also became the youngest player to score twenty goals in the Champions League's history (although this record would then be surpassed later on in the same season by Erling Haaland).
On April 7, Mbappé scored two goals in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich, guiding his side to a 3–2 win at the Allianz Arena, PSG's first in Munich since 1994. PSG advanced to the semi-finals before losing to Manchester City in the second leg due to a calf injury, which he missed. Mbappé scored his 40th goal of the season in a 4–0 league victory against Stade de Reims on May 17, completing his most productive season to date and becoming the first player in his career to reach the forty-goal milestone.
Mbappé scored one goal and assisted on the other in PSG's 2–0 victory against Monaco in the Coupe de France Final three days later. He finished the Ligue 1 season with 27 goals, becoming the league's top scorer for the third year in a row, although PSG were unable to win the league for the first time in Mbappé's career after four straight titles. Mbappé won Ligue 1 Player of the Year and was named to the Ligue 1 Team of the Season at the conclusion of the season.
Mbappé capped a stellar debut senior season at Monaco by scoring five goals for France as they won the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, almost single-handedly securing their spot in the final with a stunning performance in their 3–1 semi-final victory over Portugal.
Mbappé was called up to the senior France squad for the first time in March 2017 to face Luxembourg and Spain. He made his debut against his former club on March 25th, replacing Dimitri Payet in the 78th minute of a 3–1 away win in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. At 18 years, three months, and five days old, he became the second youngest player in France history. Mbappé scored his first senior international goal on August 31, 2017, against the Netherlands in a 2018 World Cup qualification match. In a March 2018 friendly against Russia, he scored twice.
Mbappé was called up to the France team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia on May 17, 2018. He scored his first World Cup goal in France's 1–0 Group C win over Peru on June 21, 2018. At the age of 19, he became the youngest French goalkeeper in World Cup history. On 30 June 2018, he was named man of the match in a 4–3 victory over Argentina, scoring twice and being fouled in the box, which resulted in Antoine Griezmann scoring from a penalty kick.
Mbappé became the second teenager, after Pelé in 1958, to score two goals in a World Cup match. Mbappé stated in a post-match press conference, 'It's flattering to be second after Pelé, but let's put things into context – Pelé is in another category.'
Mbappé scored a 25-yard strike against Croatia in the 2018 World Cup Final, which France won 4–2. He became the second youngster, after Pelé, to score in a World Cup Final, and he won the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award with four goals in the tournament. On social media, Pelé thanked him and said, 'Welcome to the club.'
Mbappé scored his 100th career goal in a 4–0 away victory against Andorra in Euro 2020 qualification on June 11, 2019. Mbappé scored the lone goal for France in a 1–0 UEFA Nations League victory against Sweden on September 5, 2020. However, he tested positive for COVID-19 two days after the game. On 7 October 2020, he made his comeback for France in a 7–1 victory over Ukraine, in which he scored one goal and assisted on another. A week later, he scored the game-winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Croatia. France finished first in their Nations League Group and qualified for the UEFA Nations League Finals in 2021.
Because to the Coronavirus outbreak, UEFA Euro 2020 has been postponed for a year. Mbappé was called up to the France squad for UEFA Euro 2020, his second major international tournament, on May 18, 2021. Mbappè scored one goal and assisted another, both of which were later ruled offside, in a group stage match against Germany on June 15.
On June 28, he assisted Karim Benzema's first goal in France's round-of-16 match against Switzerland. The game went to a penalty shootout after a 3–3 tie; Mbappé failed to score the decisive fifth penalty, and France were eliminated from the tournament. Mbappé did not score in any of France's four games in the tournament.
Arsène Wenger has described Mbappé as a 'huge football talent' who 'has similarities to Thierry Henry.' His talent and early performances for France at the 2018 World Cup earned him comparisons to Pelé in the media. Mbappé is a versatile forward who often plays as a winger but can play on either flank due to his ability with both feet. Due to his vision, he is capable of cutting into the centre onto his stronger right foot from the left wing, as well as creating chances and providing assists for teammates from the right.
Because of his poise, clinical finishing, and eye for goal, he can also play in the centre as a main striker. Mbappé is a highly skilled player known for his excellent dribbling ability, as well as his explosive acceleration, agility, quick feet, and creativity when in possession of the ball, as evidenced 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. Despite his tall, lean frame, he is an athletic player with physical strength.
Mbappé is admired for his outstanding pace and close ball control when dribbling at speed, as well as his excellent movement, tactical intelligence, 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 allows him to stretch opposing defences while also posing a dangerous offensive threat on counterattacks.
Former France international Nicolas Anelka stated in April 2017 that Mbappé's ability to run at defenders reminded him of Ronaldo from the 1996 Olympics and that Mbappé possessed the characteristics of a world-class player. Mbappé was named the world's fastest player in a ranking published by the French newspaper Le Figaro. When asked who his toughest opponent was, Inter Milan and Netherlands central defender Stefan de Vrij put Mbappé ahead of anyone else, including Mbappé's childhood idol Cristiano Ronaldo. The CIES named Mbappé the world's most expensive player in terms of transfer value in 2018.
Mbappé is sponsored by Nike, a sportswear and equipment supplier. At the age of 18, Nike released his own personalised football boots, the Kylian Mbappé Nike Hypervenom 3. In 2018, he debuted the Nike Mercurial Superfly VI boots, which were inspired by former Brazilian striker Ronaldo's R9 Mercurial boots. Hublot, a Swiss watchmaker, appointed Mbappé as a global ambassador in 2018.
Mbappé can be found in EA Sports' FIFA video game series, where he has the highest potential rating of 94. His signature goal celebration – posing with his arms folded and hands tucked under his armpits – was inspired by his younger brother Ethan, who would do the same after defeating Kylian at FIFA. The celebration may be seen in FIFA 19. Mbappé appears as the cover star of FIFA 21, making him the youngest person to do so. He was featured on the cover of FIFA 22 for the second year in a row, making him one of the few players to achieve back-to-back FIFA cover star status.
Mbappé was accompanied by two of Africa's best strikers, former AC Milan forward and current Liberia President George Weah, and former Chelsea and Ivory Coast forward Didier Drogba, at the Élysée Palace in Paris on 22 February 2018 for a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and FIFA president Gianni Infantino centred on a sports development initiative in Africa. Mbappé has stated that the development of African sport is important to him because his parents are of African descent.
Mbappé donated $34,000 (approximately £26,000) to a crowdfunding campaign to fund a private search mission to find football player Emiliano Sala, whose light aircraft had gone missing over the English Channel a week earlier. Mbappé later donated a further £27,000 to the GoFundMe campaign set up to fund the search for the plane's still-missing pilot, David Ibbotson, on February 10, 2019.
Honours & Awards
2018–19, 2020–21 UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year
Young Player of the Year in UNFP Ligue 1 in 2016–17, 2017–18, and 2018–19
Player of the Month in UNFP Ligue 1: April 2017, March 2018, August 2018, February 2019, February 2021
2017's Golden Boy
2018 FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award
2018 and 2019 French Player of the Year
Top Ligue 1 Goalscorer in 2018–19, 2019–20, and 2020–21
Knight of the Legion of Honour: 2018 Onze de Bronze: 2019