Kylian Mbappe has won the FIFA Young Player Award for at the World Cup Russia 2018.
World Cup winner 🏆 Best young player 🥇
Four goals in first major tournament ⚽⚽⚽⚽
Second youngest player ever to score in a World Cup final 👌
🇫🇷 Kylian Mbappé 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/eTdsPpZt4b
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@UEFAEURO) July 16, 2018
The France international had a spectacular campaign as France lifted the World Cup for the second time in history. Although many players were at the top of their game in the tournament, Kylian Mbappe was something else entirely.
Kylian Mbappe scored the crucial winning goal against Peru in the group stages, but he was the most impressive against Argentina where he won a penalty and scored a brace to knock Argentina out of the World Cup almost single-handedly. With this incredible feat, he became the first teenager to score twice in the same World Cup game since Pele in 1958 when he hit a double in their 4-3 victory of Argentina.
If Kylian keeps equalling my records like this I may have to dust my boots off again… // Se o @KMbappe continuar a igualar os meus records assim, eu vou ter que tirar a poeira das minhas chuteiras novamente…#WorldCupFinal https://t.co/GYWfMxPn7p
— Pelé (@Pele) July 15, 2018
He later became the only teenager, after the legendary Pele, to score a goal in the World Cup final as he scored a wonderful goal against Croatia to comfortably see them off. What a name to be compared with. He also becomes the 2nd French player in a row to win the award, after team-mate, Paul Pogba won it four years ago.
“Technical qualities such as skill, style, and charisma are taken into account, but so are other important factors such as a sense of fair play and a genuine impression that the player is playing for the love of the game,” according to FIFA.
The PSG star scored 4 goals in his 7 appearances for them in the World Cup and was an absolute delight to watch on the pitch. The only player in the French squad who was not born when France won their first World Cup in 1998, the young forward immortalized himself with his performance in the tournament.
Kylian Mbappé has donated his full earnings and winning bonus from the World Cup ($550,000) to a charity that gives free sports instruction to hospitalised and disabled children in sports.
What a player, What a man. pic.twitter.com/YlBAGCaHeU
— kwiff (@KwiffOfficial) July 16, 2018
The 19-year-old further made the headlines for all the right reasons as he donated his full earnings and winning bonus, which amounts to $550,000, from the World Cup to a charity that gives free sports instruction to hospitalized and disabled children in sports. What a way to mark the moment, you just can’t hate the lad.