Kylian Mbappe has been the talk of the Footballing World for a while now, and the French Teenage Sensation is undoubtedly the biggest prospect in World Football right now.
Kylian Mbappe has already achieved so much in his short career and curiosity about the World Cup Winner’s life is bound to stem. So here are five lesser-known facts about Kylian Mbappe.
1. Big Ronaldo Fan
— TheCristianoFan (@TheCristianoFan) July 25, 2017
Mbappe like most of the Footballing World is a big Cristiano Ronaldo Fan, and this admiration is evident in his playing style. Mbappe like Ronaldo has the Physicality and the pace to outdo his opponents, their dribbling styles are similar and both are lethal inside the box. The Frenchman used to spend hours watching Ronaldo’s videos now Internationally at least he has a one up over Ronaldo having recently won a World Cup.
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2. Trial at Chelsea
🙃 7 years ago, Kylian Mbappe went on trial at Chelsea where he played in a 8-0 youth-game win and would have cost them £14,000.
— TheSportsman Transfers (@TSMTransfers) July 1, 2018
Many people don’t know this, but Chelsea passed on the Chance of signing Kylian Mbappe when he was only 11 Years Old. The Frenchman’s first Big trial at a big Club and Chelsea lost out on signing Mbappe for a meager £14,000. In Chelsea’s defense, Mbappe failed to score a Goal in his trial game, but if the Blues had gone on to sign the Teenager, things could have been so very different.
3. Is of Cameroonian and Algerian descent
Kylian Mbappe, A Frenchman with roots from Algeria and Cameroon, capped his debut World Cup by becoming the first teenager to score in the final — his fourth goal of the games — since Brazil's great Pele in 1958! https://t.co/VHAiDheerr
— Shibley Telhami (@ShibleyTelhami) July 15, 2018
Mbappe’s Father Wilfried Mbappe is from Cameroon, and his Mother Fayza Mbappe hails from Algeria. Although Mbappe was born and raised in Paris, he had the option to represent either Cameroon or Algeria at the International level but as we all know he went on to pick France. And the rest, as they say, is History. Incidentally, Nine Players in France’s World Cup-winning Squad are of African descent, Didier Deschamps will be thankful for Les Blues’ diversity.
4. He wasn’t the Youngest Player at 2018 World Cup
The two youngest players at the #WorldCup could feature in today's early kick-off:
🇦🇺 Daniel Arzani (19 years, 5 months and 12 days old)
🇫🇷 Kylian Mbappé (19 years, 5 months and 27 days old)
Mbappé starts, Arzani on the bench. pic.twitter.com/CSzmLhUgO9
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 16, 2018
It is a common Misconception that Mbappe was the Youngest player at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup when in reality it was Australian Midfielder Daniel Arzani who was the Youngest player at the World Cup. He was just 15 days older than Arzani but well he did end up becoming France’s hero at the World Cup Final, so I guess Records don’t matter that much eh?
5. Donated his World Cup earnings
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 16, 2018
Mbappe is of the opinion that you shouldn’t get paid to represent your country and The Frenchman donated all his earnings made in the World Cup to charity. He made a reported £17,000 a game while representing Les Blues at the World Cup and made an additional £265,000 for Lifting the World Cup. All of these proceeds were donated to a charity called Priers de Cordes that organizes Sports activities for Children with disabilities.