Full Name: Kylian Mbappe Lotin
Age: 18 (20/12/1998)
Current Team: AS Monaco, Striker.
A little bit of history…
Kylian Mbappe Lotin, known mainly as just Kylian Mbappe, is one of the best prodigies in European Football. The young Frenchman being only 18 years old, he has a long and succesful career ahead of him, despite already having 5 goals to his name in the UEFA Champions League in the 2016-17 season – in 7 matches. Starting his youth career at AS Bondy, the youngster has made a nice progression through the years, now playing in the First Eleven in Leonardo Jardim’s AS Monaco.
Hailing from a Sporting family, (His father being his agent but also a Football Coach, his mother being a former Handball Player and his half brother, Jires Kembo Ekoko, having once played at Rennes for six years.) Kylian Mbappe started playing Football as AS Bondy when he was 12, as a youth player. He then had a stint at the famous Clairefontaine academy, where players such as Thierry Henry, Nicholas Anelka and Hatem Ben-Arfa once trained. At the Academy, he attracted the attention of numerous French Clubs, but also foreign clubs; including Real Madrid and Valencia CF, who attempted to snap him up. His final decision, however, was for AS Monaco, who were, at the time, under the command of Claudio Ranieri and had just been promoted to the French Ligue 1 after scoring 64 goals and losing only 4 times. The same year, Radamel Falcao joined the club for a record £50 million, after a total £140 million spent that year. After spending two years in the Youth Academy at Monaco, he was finally ready to make his debut…
He made his debut in a Ligue 1 match against SM Caen, after replacing Fabio Coentrao in the 88th minute of the game, effectively becoming AS Monaco’s youngest player on the pitch in history, breaking Thierry Henry’s record 21 years prior. He scored his first goal in a 3-1 win over Troyes, in stoppage time, again breaking a record that was once set by Thierry Henry. He signed his professional near the end of that season, on March 6th, which keeps him at the club until June 2019.
He became a regular at Monaco in the next season, which is still ongoing, having score 23 goals in 38 games for the French club, including 13 in the Ligue 1 in 24 appearances, 11 of those being Substitution appearances. He scored his first UEFA Champions League goal against Manchester City with a thunderous volley in the 40th minute.
He made his debut in the French National Team against Luxemburg, after coming into the game in the 78th minute, replacing Dimitri Payet in a 3-1 win.
What the future holds (My opinion)
This young, French, lad is the future of Football. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Ballon D’or in his name one day, maybe even soon. Many clubs will be vowing for his signature at the end of the season, he will probably be tempted by them. Sometimes, when a great, young, player signs for a big club, they end up being flops. Its happened many a time and I don’t doubt it will happen more with players. However, in some occasions it has worked out well. Neymar, for example, got into the first team at FC Barcelona despite being young and having just come from Santos. He’s now one of the biggest players in Football and will probably go down in history as one of the best, as will Mbappe. I believe that Kylian Mbappe will not be too disimilar to Neymar in this situation. I believe, with his skills, he has the ability to make it into the first team anywhere he goes. Sure, Ligue 1 isn’t the same as the Premier League or the Liga BBVA, but it’s his performances in the Champions League that really stick out to me. He’s performed majestically against big clubs such as Manchester City and Dortmund. Not only has he been a constant threat, but he’s scored 5 goals in the competition, even putting three past Dortmund in two matches.
He’s quick, agile, strong and persistent, all the qualities which make a great attacking player in the beautiful game of Football. Personally, I think he exceeds the skill which everyone vows he has at the moment. I believe he can make it to the Ballon D’or in a few years, and all he has to do is do what he does best – play Football.
Sources (images, in order):
Kylian Mbappe – Young Star | BEST Goals & Skills | 16/17 Highlights (HD), Youtube.com
Daily Mail, Monaco teenager Kylian Mbappe sets impressive Champions League record with goal against Borussia Dortmund
101 Great Goals, Monaco wunderkind Kylian Mbappe tormented Man City
The Sun, KYLLING IT Kylian Mbappe is destined to become a world star – with stunning stats showing how he is better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at same age
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4429224/Monaco-star-Kylian-Mbappe-sets-new-Champions-League-record.html#ixzz4fMxvFGPj
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