If you have been following the World Cup, you have no doubt heard by now that France has eliminated Leo Messi and Argentina in the knockout round of 16. While Messi and Argentina played an incredible game, France’s 19-year-old phenom Kylian Mbappé would not be denied as he netted two goals, one in the 64th minute, and one in the 68th.
This was just the latest in what has been a fantastic World Cup for the French forward as he also scored the team’s only goal against Peru in Group Play just one week prior.
Bursting onto the scene playing for Monaco, Mbappé was loaned to Paris-Saint Germain in 2017 where he has emerged as one of the top young stars in the sport today.
Here is a little more background info on the 19-year-old who is putting the world on notice in this tournament.
Born in Paris, France, Kylian is the son of Wilfried and Fayza Mbappé. His father Wilfried is not only his current agent but also a football coach, and his mother Fayza was a former professional handball player. Growing up idolizing Cristiano Ronaldo, and his father being a coach, it is no surprise to see Mbappé where he is today.
Mbappe began his playing career under his father at AS Bondy. It was clear early on that he was a special talent as clubs such as Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich were all vying to sign him.
After much traveling and various showcases of his talent, Mbappé eventually decided to stay at home as he signed with the French club Monaco.
Mbappé debuted for Monaco in December of 2015 at the age of 16, making him the youngest player in club history. He scored his first goal in February of 2016 at the age of 17 making him the youngest player to score a goal in the club’s history. In March of that same year, he would sign his first professional contract with Monaco on a three-year deal.
After scoring 14 goals for Monaco during the 2016-17 season, he was loaned to Paris-Saint Germain after they paid €145 million plus €35 million in add-on making him one of the most expensive players in football right behind PSG teammate Neymar Jr.
PSG went on to win the 2017-18 Coupe de France and Mbappé would finish with double-digit goals on the season.
He debuted for the French national team in March of 2017, and after his goal against Peru in the group stage, he became the youngest goalscorer in France World Cup history at the age of 19. If that isn’t impressive enough, after his two-goal performance against Argentina, he became just the second teenager in World Cup history to score two goals in the same match. The only other player? Pelé in 1958.
While there is no denying that Mbappé’s achievements up to this point are nothing short of incredible, there is still much left for him to prove, and if Saturday’s performance against Argentina is any indicator, the sky is the limit for this 19-year-old Frenchman.