Kylian Mbappe turns 21: The greatest young footballer in the world

  • Kat Lucas

As Kylian Mbappe comes of age, it’s a chance to take a look at his phenomenal career so far. 

The Frenchman turns 21 today and he has already achieved more than most players manage in their entire career. 

Any disparaging comments about the quality of the French league can be discounted by everything he’s done in the Champions League and on the international stage. 

With 19 goals in Europe’s elite competition, he has scored more than any 21-year-old in the tournament’s history – and he’s achieved that in just 30 games. 

Overall, he’s scored 76 goals for PSG to add to 27 goals for his first club, Monaco. 

Mbappe rose to fame in the principality, bursting onto the scene during their surprise title-winning campaign under Leonardo Jardim. 

Already, it was becoming clear that this was a once-in-a-generation talent and one who in years to come could well be the heir to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s thrones.

Since joining PSG for €180 million, a deal which made him the most expensive teenage footballer ever, he has gone on to even bigger and better things. 

His arrival in the French capital has been a key factor behind three Ligue 1 titles – winning the Golden Boot in 2018/19 – while he has also won the Coupe de France and a Coupe de la Ligue during his time at the Parc des Princes. 

In 2018, he featured at his first World Cup and became only the second teenager after Pele to score in the final. 

France beat Croatia 4-2 and Mbappe not only lifted the biggest trophy in the game, he was also named the World Cup’s Best Young Player by FIFA. 

Those within Les Bleus’ camp have known about his talents for a long time after his starring role in the UEFA European Under-19 Championship back in 2016. It’s crazy to think that just three years ago, he was still playing at youth level for his country.

Mbappe’s rise has been nothing short of insane.

To think what he can achieve before he retires is mind-boggling and if there’s one current player who can even contemplate reaching Messi and Ronaldo’s goal tallies of over 600, it’s him. 

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