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Man Of The Moment: Soccer Superstar Kylian Mbappé
Sport|Apr 28, 2022

Man Of The Moment: Soccer Superstar Kylian Mbappé

At The Age Of 23, Kylian Mbappé Is Considered One Of The Best Players In The World.
Corrine Barraclough

When he’s playing soccer, Saint Germain wonder kid Kylian Mbappe doesn’t need any help looking impressive. Known for his dribbling, speed and finishing skills, he’s widely considered one of the best players in the world. 

Off the field, it’s luxury fashion brand Dior that will be giving him a helping hand to make a style statement for the next two years. 

In a promo video, he and his teammates say they think looking good helps you feel good, while being fitted in striking tailor-made suits and parading other formal pieces. 

So, at the ripe old age of 23, Kylian Mbappe Lottin will be lining up alongside Johnny Depp as a face of the French fashion giant. 

It’s the latest accolade in a rather long list for Kylian, who made his professional debut in 2015 aged just 16. He then became the second most expensive player and most expensive teenager when he moved from Ligue 1 club Monaco to league rival Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. 

At the club, he’s won a heap of titles and has finished as Ligue 1 top scorer (even if you don’t speak French, you’ll get the gist) for three consecutive seasons. Ohh, and he’s also the third-highest goal-scorer in the club’s history. 

Remember when he set the 2018 FIFA World Cup on fire? He became the youngest French player to score at a World Cup and was only the second teenager (after Pele) to score in a World Cup Final. 

Raised near Paris, Kylian went to a private Catholic school in Bondy, where it’s said he was academically gifted but extremely unfocused. 

Let’s cut him some slack, his idol growing up was Cristiano Ronaldo, so it’s fair to guess he had his sights set on the pitch rather than academic success. 

He amassed over 50 million Instagram followers just four years after making his professional debut 

The development of African sport is important to him because of his parents’ African origins. His father, Wilfried, originally from Cameroon, is his agent and a football coach. Mother Fayza Lamari, of Algerian Kabyle origin, is a former handball player. 

In an interview with Time, Kylian spoke about sacrifices he made as a teenager to focus on his game development. “I did not have the moments of so-called normal people during adolescence, like going out with friends, enjoying good times,” he said. But, he added that he’s now “living the life he always dreamed of”. 

It’s a life many dream of… he scooped a net worth of $100 million at 23.  

He amassed over 50 million Instagram followers just four years after making his professional debut. And, 
of course, followers equal sponsorship cash. 

Kylian’s had a sponsorship deal with Nike since 2017; his collaboration with the sports’ giant has been phenomenal to watch. He was just 18 when he launched his own personalised football boots for Nike, the Kylian Mbappe Nike Hypervenom 3. 

In 2018, he unveiled Nike Mercurial Superfly VI boots, inspired by the R9 Mercurial boots of his idol Ronaldo. 
If you’re a gamer, you’ll also have seen him featuring in EA Sports’ FIFA video game series. His trademark goal celebration is posing with his arms folded with hands tucked under his armpits, inspired by his younger brother Ethan, who would celebrate like this when beating Kylian at FIFA. 

When he landed the cover  of FIFA 21, Kylian became the youngest to appear on the cover solo. He then featured on the FIFA 22 cover, making him one of the rare players to achieve back-to-back FIFA cover star status. 

So, with all this superstardom it’s refreshing to hear him tell an amusing story about his first meeting with Zinedine Zidane, when Kylian was just 14 years old. He says he nervously asked if he should take his shoes off when getting in the Real Madrid player’s car!