It’s always hard for a young talent to break in the first squad of a big team and make an instant impact, especially when usually clubs compete for trophies each year. When you don’t contribute immediately to positive results, you start to be left out and count only on a few minutes on a pitch coming from a bench. But it’s not a case for Kylian Mbappe, undoubtedly the biggest talent in the football world.
Frenchman plays far beyond possibilities of his peers and it’s worth mentioning, that he turns 21 in December, so he will still be able to develop. His promising career started in Monaco, where Leonardo Jardim created plenty of space for young talents to compete for the first squad. Mbappe quickly became one of the brightest stars in the team, that became a huge sensation in the 2016/17 season, when Monaco won Ligue 1 title and advanced to the Champions League semifinals. He started the campaign as talented 17 year-old, and finished as a top target of the biggest clubs in the world.
Mbappe decided to move to the north, to PSG. Paris club has loaned him with an obligatory buyout. He had a promising first season, with 13 goals and 8 assists scored. He also won his second Ligue 1 title in row, but expectations were even bigger – to achieve the Champions League final. His team lost both matches against Real Madrid though in Round of 16.
Striker plays splendidly this season, being only Frenchman in the last 30 years, who scored over 30 goals in one Ligue 1 season. The last one to do so was Jean-Pierre Papin. Mbappe is already being compared with Ronaldo Nazario, who netted 34 times for Barcelona in one league season when he was also 20. It seems like there is no limit for this player and hopefully he will avoid injuries which pulled back Ronaldo’s incredible career. He already overtook Brazilian achievement of winning the World Cup, being only 19 when his team won against Croatia. He also single-handedly eliminated Argentina from the tournament and scored four goals in total.
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