Kylian Mbappe is a French football star who plays as a forward for Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team. He was born in Paris on December 20, 1998 and grew up in Bondy, a suburb of the capital. He started his football career at AS Bondy, where his father was a coach, and then joined the prestigious Clairefontaine academy. He moved to Monaco in 2013 and made his professional debut in 2015, becoming the youngest player ever to score for the club. He helped Monaco win the Ligue 1 title in 2017 and reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
In 2017, he joined Paris Saint-Germain on loan with an option to buy for €180 million, making him the second-most expensive player in history after his teammate Neymar. He won five Ligue 1 titles, three Coupes de France and one Coupe de la Ligue with PSG, as well as reaching the UEFA Champions League final in 2020 and 2022. He is PSG’s all-time top scorer with 184 goals and third all-time in assists with 97.
Mbappe also shone on the international stage, making his debut for France in 2017 at the age of 18. He became a world champion in 2018, scoring four goals at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, including one in the final against Croatia. He won the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player award and was named French Player of the Year. In 2022, he led France to another World Cup final in Qatar, where he scored six goals and won the Golden Boot and the Silver Ball awards. He also won the UEFA Nations League with France in 2021.
Mbappe is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world and one of the most influential athletes of his generation. He is known for his speed, dribbling skills, finishing ability and versatility. He has won many individual awards, such as the Golden Boy in 2017, the Kopa Trophy in 2018, four Ligue 1 Player of the Year awards, five Ligue 1 top scorer awards and one Ligue 1 top assist provider award. He has been named in the FIFA FIFPro World11 three times, the UEFA Team of the Year once and the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season four times. He has also been featured on Time’s list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2023.