Mbappé playing for France in 2017
Full name Kylian Mbappé Lottin
Date of birth 20 December 1998 (age 19)
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position foward
Paris Saint-German (on loan from Monaco)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:54, 11 February 2018 (UTC)
Kylian Mbappé Lottin (French pronunciation: [kiljan (ə)mbape]; born 20 December 1998) is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Paris Saint-Germain, on loan from fellow Ligue 1 club Monaco, and the France national team.
Mbappé came into prominence at an early age, starring for the youth academies at AS Bondy, INF Clairefontaine, and Monaco, making his debut as a professional for the reserve team of the last. Mbappé soon became a regular starter and goalscorer for the first team in the 2016–17 season, helping the club gain their first Ligue 1 title in seventeen years. The following season he joined Paris Saint-Germain on an initial loan, with a deal in place to join the club permanently at the end of the season for a fee of around €180 million.
Mbappé made his senior international debut for France in March 2017, after previously representing them at under-17 and under-19 levels
Mbappé began his career at AS Bondy, coached by his father, Wilfried. Eventually he moved to the Clairefontaine academy, putting on a host of impressive performances leading to numerous French clubs, and Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Valencia, attempting to sign him. Mbappé also travelled to English club Chelsea for a trial when he was 11 and even played a match for their youth team against Charlton. Mbappé ultimately settled on Monaco.
Mbappé made his first team debut on 2 December 2015 in a 1–1 Ligue 1 home draw against SM Caen, replacing Fábio Coentrão after 88 minutes. He therefore became Monaco’s youngest-ever first-team player aged 16 years 347 days and breaking Thierry Henry’s record set 21 years previously.
On 20 February 2016, Mbappé scored his first goal for the club’s first team, a stoppage-time goal in a home Ligue 1 3–1 win over Troyes; at the age of 17 years and 62 days, he became the youngest first team goalscorer in Monaco’s history—once again displacing Henry in the process. On 6 March 2016, Mbappé signed his first professional contract, a three-year deal, tying him Monaco until June 2019.
Mbappé warming up for Monaco in 2017
Mbappé scored the first hat-trick of his first team career on 14 December 2016 in the 7–0 rout of Stade Rennais in the Coupe de la Ligue round of 16 at the Stade Louis II – the first hat-trick scored by any Monaco player in the competition since Sonny Anderson in 1997.
On 11 February 2017, Mbappé scored the first Ligue 1 hat-trick of his career in the 5–0 home win over Metz; at 18 years and two months he became the youngest player to score a Ligue 1 hat-trick since 17-year-old Jérémy Ménez did it for FC Sochaux-Montbéliard back in 2005.
On 21 February, Mbappé scored Monaco’s second goal in the 40th minute with a half-volley after receiving Fabinho’s long ball over the opponents’ back line (it was his first ever UEFA Europa League or UEFA Champions League goal and he became the second youngest French scorer in UEFA Champions League history behind Karim Benzema) in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match against Manchester City, which Monaco lost 5–3. On 5 March, Mbappé scored two first-half goals in the 4–0 Ligue 1 home win over FC Nantes to bring his Ligue 1 career tally to ten goals and become the youngest player in the last 30 years to hit the Ligue 1/Division 1 ten-career-goals mark. His brace against Nantes on 5 March brought up his 2016–2017 season tally to nine Ligue 1 goals and five Ligue 1 assists in just 822 minutes of Ligue 1 football. On 11 March, Mbappé scored a goal in the 2–1 Ligue 1 home win against FC Girondins de Bordeaux to register his seventh Ligue 1 goal in his last four starts.
In the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match at the Stade Louis II on 15 March, he made the score 1–0 for Monaco in the 8th minute by turning home Bernardo Silva’s low cross from close-range (his 11th goal in his past 11 matches in all competitions) to help Monaco beat Manchester City 3–1 (aggregate score 6–6) and advance to the quarter-finals on the away goals rule. Mbappé ended the season with 44 matches and 26 goals, all competitions comprised.
On 31 August 2017, Paris Saint-German announced the signing of Mbappé from Monaco on loan. The fee required for a subsequent full transfer was set at a rumored €145 million plus €35 million in add-ons, potentially making him the second most expensive player, only behind teammate Neymar. He was handed the number 29 shirt upon arrival in the French capital.
He scored on his debut on 8 September in a 5–1 Ligue 1 win at Metz, in which Benoît Assou-Ekotto was sent off for fouling him. Four days later, Mbappé recorded his first European goal for Les Parisiens in a 5–0 UEFA Champions’ League group stage away defeat of Celtic. He starred in PSG’s 3–0 victory over Bayern Munich in the second group game of the Champions League, setting up goals for Edinson Cavani and Neymar, the second seeing him taking out a defender with a feint by rolling the ball under his foot.
Mbappé capped a fine debut senior season at Monaco by scoring five times for France as they won the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, the striker almost single-handedly securing their spot in the final with a sparkling performance in their 3–1 victory against Portugal in the semi-finals.[
Mbappé was called up to the senior France squad for the first time to face Luxembourg and Spain in March 2017. He made his debut on 25 March 2017 against the former, coming on for Dimitri Payet in the 78th minute of a 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification away win.In doing so, he became the second youngest player (only behind Maryan Wisnieski) to ever feature for the France national team at 18 years, three months and five days old. On 31 August 2017, Mbappé scored his first senior international goal in a 2018 World Cup qualification match against the Netherlands.
Style of play
Mbappé has been described as a “huge football talent” who “has similarities to Thierry Henry” by Arsène Wenger.
Mbappé was born in Paris. His father Wilfried hails from Cameroon and, as well as being his agent, is a football coach, while his Algerian mother Fayza is a former handball player. His adoptive brother Jirès Kembo Ekoko is also a professional football player. He also has a younger brother named Adeyemi Mbappé. Mbappé has stated that growing up he idolized Cristiano Ronaldo.
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