Why this 19-year-old Golden Boy is the true heir of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Kylian Mbappe

Why Kylian Mbappe is the true heir to Messi and Ronaldo’s throne

Kylian Mbappe has been truly sensational since breaking into the football world. The 19-year-old has been making a name for himself since his impressive displays for former club Monaco. Mbappe came into prominence at an early age, starring for the youth academy at Bondy before moving to Monaco, where he made his professional debut in 2015.

The youngster scored a total of 16 goals in 41 appearances for the French outfit, earning himself a move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG bought him for a reported fee of around £166million, making him the second most expensive signing ever, behind fellow PSG teammate Neymar. He is also the most expensive teenager in the history of football.

Mbappe made his senior France debut last year, before which he represented them at under-17 and under-19 levels. At the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia, Mbappe became the youngest French player to score at a World Cup, after Thierry Henry. He also became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since the days of Brazilian icon Pele.

Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe

His performances saw the teenager win the Golden Boy award and finish the campaign as the second highest goal scorer behind England’s Harry Kane. Mbappe scored 4 goals in 6 appearances at the World Cup. He was in scintillating form for Les Blues as they romped their way to World Cup glory.

Mbappe generally plays as a striker but he is also capable of playing on the right flank, as he so often did with both PSG and France this year. The 19-year-old is a goal machine who only seems to get better and better each time he steps onto the field.

The former Monaco striker made a total of 24 appearances in the Ligue 1 last season, scoring 13 goals and providing 8 assists.

kylian Mbappe
kylian Mbappe

He was phenomenal for the Parisiens as they marched to the top of the Ligue 1. Mbappe is like a Ferrari, using his blistering pace and ability on the ball to get glide past opponents as if they were never there.

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Mbappe is the true heir to Messi and Ronaldo’s throne. It could just be true that he could even go one step better, as the youngster has a better goal record than both players at the age of 19. It’s clear that Mbappe is destined for greatness and success. He will certainly be competing for the Ballon d’Or in no time.

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