It’s now nigh on impossible not to recognise Kylian Mbappe as one of the most gifted players of his generation.
In fact, there are grounds to argue the 19-year-old has outgrown this status and is already rubbing shoulders with the best footballers on the planet.
Looking back on his career so far, it would take a brave person to say otherwise.
Mbappe has scored 61 club goals since being promoted to the Monaco first-team as a 16-year-old in December 2015.
As such, it didn’t take long for football fans around the world to learn of his incredible potential to reach the highest of highs.
Still more than a month shy of his 20th birthday, the 2018 World Cup winner has made a pretty decent start on his professional journey.
However, Mbappe isn’t particularly fond of the comparisons between himself and the likes of Pele and Thierry Henry.
"I don't want to be a copy of anyone else. Like the greats, you want to make your own story yourself, and not be a copy of another,” he said.
"I think it's only natural to have high self-esteem, even if in everyday life you need to have that humility that is a strength of the greats.”
PRESSURE ON MBAPPE
In addition to being sized up against undisputed legends of the sport, his €180 million transfer from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain comes with a degree of pressure.
Only Neymar has attracted a bigger price tag in the history of football, however, contrary to several other top players of years gone by, it seems to have little impact on Mbappe.
With that in mind, his response when asked about the enormous financial aspect of the modern game was fascinating.
MBAPPE'S CLASSY ANSWER
"It's truly indecent for me, who comes from a fairly modest family," Mbappe told RTS, per Goal.
"It's true that it's indecent but the market is like that. The world of football works like that.
"I'm not going to revolutionise football. I'm in a system. You have to know how to respect it and to stay in place.”
Mbappe appears somehow immune to what is often considered a toxic byproduct of elite sport.
For a man so young, his approach to life is genuinely admirable.
"There is no bad time to laugh. I always joke, even five minutes before a game. It's not bad to stay a little immature," he added.
"There is so much pressure in football that a little bit of 'joie de vivre', a little bit of fun doesn't hurt in this environment."News Now - Sport News