Kylian Mbappe has picked up a new nickname after his heroics against Argentina


Football fans were already well aware of Kylian Mbappe before this summer’s World Cup.

His performances two seasons for Monaco, helping them reach the semi-final of the Champions League, made him a household name.

That earned him a loan-spell - with the promise of a £166 million move - to Paris-Saint Germain.

And after 21 goals at the Parc des Princes last season, Mbappe was always going to be a threat at the World Cup.

But the 19-year-old may have just become a worldwide star in Russia.

He notched a goal in the group stage win against Peru but what he did against Argentina will be remembered for many years to come.

Mbappe scored twice as France beat Argentina 4-3 but it probably won’t be his brace that everyone remembers.

Instead, it will be remembered for what he did in the 11th-minute.

Mbappe ran with the ball from inside his half, past Nicolas Tagliafico and Javier Mascherano, before being brought down by Marcos Rojo inside the penalty area.

It was a ridiculous run and it later emerged that he reached a crazy 37 km/h.

That’s just insane.

And it’s earned him a new nickname within the French camp.

As per Marca, Florian Thauvin has revealed that Mbappe is now referred to as “37” because that’s the speed he reached during that fantastic run.


How original.

But when asked whether he’s going to be calling him “37” from now on, Antoine Griezmann insisted that he will stick to his very own nickname for him.

"I prefer to call him 'Kiki.' I know he does not like it, but he's stuck with that name," Griezmann joked.

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