The 2022 World Cup is said to be the time of transferring the throne between the generations of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe …
The desire of the boy Mbappe
Born in Paris and raised in Bondy, a town in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, famous for its riots, Kylian Mbappe has an unbelievably passionate love for football.
Mbappe wants to have everything, even the football field in the living room of his home, and especially where good things are not allowed to belong, like right here in this suburban home.
Mbappe boy had his own goals, kicking the ball everywhere. The French prodigy even begged the nanny under the age of 13 to become a coach and not tell his parents about what they did. “Please, please don’t. I’m not allowed to play here”…
They played until sunset, when the mother came home from work to check on her son, who had gone to bed by nightfall. Except for little Kylian who is also very good at pretending to sleep… even when he’s 15 years old.
Mbappe loves to play FIFA games, and since he doesn’t have any top clubs to cheer for, he’s drawn to the players he admires.
“I’ll choose Neymar,” boy Kylian told his coach, eyes fixed on the PlayStation. “You’ll see what I can do with him.”
It was only eight years ago, when Mbappe was able to walk around town – the land of “immigrant slums” that the riots almost destroyed, where many blamed terrorism dad, but where the kids still dribble when it rains.
Make the game a reality
At the age of 18, what was in the video game came true. Even more than that.
Mbappe is not only teammates with Neymar, at the rich club that owns the Parc des Princes. In the summer of 2018, Paris Saint-Germain was to spend more than 400 million euros on Mbappe (180 million euros) from AS Monaco and Neymar (222 million euros) from Barcelona, making them the most expensive duo of all. professional sports – net worth is higher than the GDP of 10 countries.
And while Neymar is still a big name, many think the situation will change quickly. “I’m sure he can be better than Neymar,” said Antonio Riccardi, a FIFA coach from the suburbs. “In 2 years”.
“In the French team. There is [Zinedine] Zidane and then Mbappe,” said Riccardi.
That prophecy came true. Very fast…
After becoming the youngest player to score 20 goals in the last 40 years in Ligue 1 and scoring five in the Champions League, Mbappe is known as the “new Pele” – or at least the next Henry and, less politely, the “Colored Zidane”. But the boy Kylian was no longer a boy… even when he was still a teenager.
“I’m just getting started,” Mbappe told B/R Mag. “There will be things you see in the final stages, but for now will try to predict what is going to happen. There’s still a long way to go before I stop playing.”
Since his days at Bondy, Mbappe dreamed of buying nice cars after earning a lot of money. Now he probably makes more than LeBron James, Kobe Bryant or Cristiano Ronaldo did in their twenties.
Kylian also wants to build a movie theater in his next home (he now lives in Yvelines, closer to PSG), because he misses being able to sit quietly in public. Bondy’s little prince, as the mayor calls him, may have missed out on life as a teenager, but that’s what the future king of France must accept…
The new king of world football
At the age of 18, Mbappe became world champion. Although he did not win the 2018 World Cup top scorer award, with 4 goals, he received the Best Young Player award. Four years later, he had the Golden Boot for the best scorer in the World Cup (8 goals), but could only be the world runner-up.
There’s no such thing as perfection, but at 23 years old (who turned 24 on December 20), Mbappe has won more trophies than most players can.
Lionel Messi was named the World Cup Player of the Year in 2022 but also in this tournament Mbappe is said to be the moment he stepped out alone as the best player in the world.
There’s no need to argue about that. While a Ronaldo no longer asserts his status, stars such as Erling Haaland, Mohamed Salah are not eligible for the tournament.
Messi has had spells in Qatar, but with this being his last World Cup, former France international and current Bordeaux coach Rio Mavuba says the tournament has proven itself great witness is given to Mbappe.
According to former Paris Saint-Germain captain Didier Domi, although Mbappé’s physical attributes are undeniable, it is his ability to deal with such intense pressure that sets him apart from others.
Mbappe carries the responsibility of an entire country on his shoulders but it seems his worth is not only limited to his performances on the pitch but also in the political arena.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, intervened earlier this year to let the young star stay at PSG amid a transfer window involving Spanish giants Real Madrid…
8 goals at the 2022 World Cup bring Mbappe ‘s total goals over 2 World Cups to 12. The French only have Just Fontaine to score more in the World Cup (13 goals at the 1958 tournament), but there’s no reason why Mbappe can’t get through when he has a decade ahead of him…