Man Crush Monday: Kylian Mbappe

by Joseph Omoniyi
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France superstar Kylian Mbappe has now eclipsed Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Maradona after reaching a new FIFA World Cup milestone with his brace against Poland on Sunday evening!

At just 23, Mbappe became the face of French soccer, collecting two Ligue 1 Player of the Year Awards and leading the league in scoring three times in three years, while setting himself up for a fourth goals title in 2021-22.

He is partnered with brands including Nike and Hublot. In 2020, EA Sports picked him for the cover of “FIFA 21,” making him one of the youngest ever to grace that brand’s cover solo.

In 2021, he released “Je m’appelle Kylian,” a graphic novel aimed at inspiring kids to chase their dreams.

In 2018, at age 19, Mbappe became the second-youngest player (after Pele) to score in a World Cup final.

Kylian Mbappé Lottin is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team. Considered one of the best players in the world, Mbappé is renowned for his dribbling abilities, exceptional speed, and finishing.

His father, Wilfried, is originally from Cameroon, and, as well as being Mbappé’s agent, is a football coach, while his mother, Fayza Lamari, is of Algerian, Kabyle origin and is a former handball player. Mbappé is a practicing Christian. He has a younger brother, Ethan, who played for Paris Saint-Germain’s under-12 squad in 2018. Mbappé’s adoptive brother, Jirès Kembo Ekoko, is also a professional football player. 

As a child, Kylian Mbappé went to a private Catholic school in Bondy, where he was considered academically gifted but unruly. Growing up, his idols were Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo Nazário, and Cristiano Ronaldo. For some time period in his childhood, he had a nanny whose entire family were AC Milan fans from whom Mbappé once received Robinho’s number 70 shirt as a gift. However, as a child, Mbappé aspired to play for Real Madrid

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