Kylian Mbappé closes the chapter of his French years

Kylian Mbappé closes the chapter of his French years
Kylian Mbappé closes the chapter of his French years

May 2014, the World Cup in Brazil starts in a few weeks. For recruits from the AS Monaco training center (ASM), the season is coming to an end. The Rocher nursery then offers its residents the opportunity to appear on the front page of a newspaper. A way to familiarize themselves with the media, and also to reveal a side of their personality and their aspirations. Among them, Kylian Mbappé, 15 years old.

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Like his comrades, the teenager indulges in the exercise of pastiche. No question of opting for a title from the sports press, he rather imagines himself on the cover of the American magazine Time. Taking on the nickname “El Maestro” (“the master”, in Spanish), the young attacker sees himself in “priority of Didier Deschamps”the coach of the France team, and describes himself as the” future “ football through a false quote attributed to José Mourinho, the former coach of Real Madrid (2010-2013) – his favorite club.

Ten years later, the ambitious man has achieved a good part of his childhood dreams. Including that of being on the cover of the prestigious weekly, in 2018. Now captain of the Blues, with whom he won the 2018 World Cup, Kylian Mbappé embodies – alongside a handful of others – the succession of the Argentinian Lionel Messi and the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo in the football firmament.

A few months after the revelation of his departure from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), the striker made it official on social networks, Friday May 10, that his adventure in the capital club and in France will end on June 30, once his contract expires. This Sunday, PSG supporters will pay tribute to him during the Ligue 1 match against Toulouse, his last appearance this season at the Parc des Princes. In all likelihood, in a few weeks he will join Real Madrid, the most successful team in Europe, which will once again compete in the Champions League final on 1er June, in London, against Borussia Dortmund, who defeated the Parisians in the semi-final.

The stranger to change dimension

It was difficult to predict, when he was a teenager, that Mbappé would reach such a level, said the former head of recruitment at the Monaco training center Souleymane Camara, on RMC, six years ago. “But the difference between Kylian and the other players were his convictions, his certaintieshe insisted. We could laugh about it, but for him, his destiny was to win the Ballon d’Or. (…) And he worked for it every day. » On May 25 in Lille, Mbappé will close his chapter of his years in France in the final of the Coupe de France against Olympique Lyonnais.

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