He may sorta look like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, but aside from not being a Ninja nor a turtle, the only thing mutant about teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe is his talent  on the football pitch. It’s nearly been a month since the World Cup Final took place and the hype surrounding Kylian Mbappe is still here and is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Born on December 20th 1998, Kylian Mbappe wasn’t even alive when France last won the 1998 FIFA World Cup 20 years ago. The kid is 19 years old earning €17.5 million a year ($20 million). The 2017/18 season for the youngster is one a football veteran would dream for, winning the treble with PSG (League Title, Cup and League Cup) and then also the FIFA World Cup with his nation… Not only did he score in the final, but he showcased his talents in front of an accumulated 3.4 billion viewers worldwide and deservedly won the tournament’s Young Player Award.

Other notable honours include scoring 15 goals in the 2016/17 campaign with AS Monaco, which propelled them to win the French top flight division. That same year he received Europe’s prestigious Golden Boy Award and for his efforts earned a transfer to financial giants PSG for a deal worth around $153 million. Seriously, he’s f*cking 19 years old.

What’s so good about Mbappe? Well, Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas compares him to ex-Arsenal teammate and legend Thierry Henry, and he had a stellar career. They both started their professional careers at Monaco and Henry was only a year older when France won the World Cup back in 1998, which like Mbappe, he contributed to by providing some goals. Physically and technically, there are comparisons of pace, attacking runs and finishing. Basically, he’s the ultimate winger to use on FIFA unless you’re one of those noobs who plays Ronaldo striker (you know who you are), because Mbappe should slot in nicely there too.

The expectations for the teenager are ridiculously high, with some experts predicting a Ballon D’or in the next couple of years. I wonder what fellow teammate Neymar thinks about all this. Will Mbappe prove that he was the better purchase between the two? What I do know is, if the two superstars and Edinson Cavani can strike up a partnership similar to that of Barcelona’s former trio of Messi, Suarez and Mr. Neymar himself, PSG will be a tough team to beat domestically and in Europe.

To conclude, Kylian Mbappe is 19 years old, tearing apart national and European teams’ assholes; doing so on the biggest stages in the world. He wasn’t present last weekend in PSG’s 3-0 victory over Caen but will surely return and continue his electric form once he’s recovered from his World Cup antics.

Here lies Mbappe’s World Cup highlights. Take a look at the Jayson Tatum of futbol:

What have you achieved since being 19? Gained a beer belly? Can finally use there, their and they’re correctly? Watched every episode of The Office within 25 days? These may be my achievements, but what do you think of Mbappe? Comment below!

Кирилл Венедиктов, Kylian Mbappe celebrating – March 2018, Cropped by Editor, CC BY-SA 3.0

Published by Jordan Nicoll

A fútbol and movie fanatic Englishman living in the United States

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