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Kylian Mbappé
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Kylian Mbappé, considered as one of the best football players in the world, became an international sensation with his impeccable performance during the 2018 World Cup. His explosive speed, clinical finishing and extraordinary dribbling, has made him stand out from the rest, paving away to become one of the greatest footballers in the world. Here are some interesting facts about the French professional footballer that will blow your mind:

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  1.  Mbappé was featured as the cover star of the EA Sports’ “FIFA 21,” with which he became the youngest player to have appeared on the cover solo.
  2.  He, along with current Liberia President George Weah, former A.C. Milan forward, and Didier Drogbra, former Chelsea and Ivory Coast forward, met with French President Emmanuel Macron and FIFA President Gianni Infantino, about sports development project in Africa.
  3.  Mbappé, claimed in an interview that, the development of African sport is of very much importance to him, due to the African origins of his parents.
  4.  With his goal against Croatia on July 15 match in the 2018 World Cup Final, he became the second teenager, only after Pelé, to score in a World Cup Final.
  5.  He became the youngest player in the last 30 years to hit the Ligue 1/Division 1 ten-career-goals mark, with his two first goals in the 4-0 Ligue 1 home win over Nantes, on March 5, 2017.
  6.  Kylian Mbappé Lottin was born on December 20, 1998, in Paris, France, to Wilfried Mbappé and Fayza Lamari. He was raised in Bondy, Seine-Saint-Denis.
  7.  His father, a football coach, as well as Mbappé’s agent, is from Cameroon, while his mother, a former handball player, is of Algerian origin.
  8.  His younger brother Ethan played for PSG’s under-12 squad in the year 2018. He has an adoptive brother Jirès Kembo Ekoko, who is also a professional football player.
  9.  He once claimed in an interview that he had missed out on a lot of things in his teenage years, as his prime focus was on his football development. Despite all that, he still is very happy “living the life he always dreamed of.”
  10.  Just as his professional football career started, his life had been turned totally upside down, and he has constantly been in the spotlight. Still, he claims that he is very “happy” with his life and would not change anything.
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  12.  Mbappé is the global ambassador of the Swiss watchmaker Hublot, since the year 2018, and has been featured in several campaigns for the brand.
  13.  During the 2019 Trophée des Champions, with his perfect hat-trick in a 5–0 away win over Belgian side Club Brugge in the Champions League, he became the youngest player to have ever scored at least 15 goals in the competition.
  14.  Mbappé has been featured in the EA Sports’ “FIFA” video game series. In fact, he has had the highest potential rating of 94 on the “FIFA 18” video game.
  15.  His trademark goal celebration, which appears in the “FIFA 19” game, was actually inspired by his younger brother Ethan who would celebrate in this manner, when beating Kylian at FIFA.
  16.  Mbappé donated $34,000 to a crowd-funding campaign on January 28, 2019, financing a private search mission to find Emiliano Sala, the famous football player, whose light aircraft had gone missing over the English Channel.
  17.  He donated another £27,000 to the GoFundMe campaign on February 10, 2019, to fund the search of David Ibbotson, who was the pilot of the plane.
  18.  With his four goals in just 13 minutes in the game against Lyon on October 8, 2018, he became the youngest player to have scored four goals in one game in Ligue 1 over the last 45 seasons.
  19.  He made his first team debut on December 2, 2015, in a 1–1 Ligue 1 home draw against SM Caen, with which he became the Monaco’s youngest-ever first-team player, breaking the record set by Thierry Henry.
  20.  With his first goal in a home Ligue 1 3–1 win over Troyes on February 20, 2016, he broke another Henry’s record, to become the youngest first team goalscorer in Monaco's history.
  21.  The fee for a full transfer from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain on August 31, 2017, was rumored to be around €145 million plus €35 million in add-ons, which made him the most expensive teenager ever, in the history.
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  23.  This deal also made him the second most expensive player ever, only after Neymar. This is also the most expensive transfer ever within a domestic league.
  24.  Mbappé has a sponsorship deal with sportswear and equipment suppliers Nike. He even launched his own personalized football boots – the Kylian Mbappé Nike Hypervenom 3, at the very young age of 18.
  25.  Inspired by the R9 Mercurial boots of Brazilian striker Ronaldo, he launched the Nike Mercurial Superfly VI boots, in the year 2018.
  26.  There have been reports that Mbappé has been dating Alicia Aylies, the first woman from French Guiana to become Miss France, since May 2018. The model has been spotted cheering for PSG as well as the French national team in several matches.
  27.  On December 14, 2016, Mbappé scored the first hat-trick in the 7-0 rout of Stade Rennais in the Coupe de la Ligue round of 16 at the Stade Louis II, which is the first hat trick scored by a Monaco player since Sonny Anderson in the year 1997.
  28.  With his 25th Champions League goal – his penalty in the second leg against Barcelona on March 10, 2021, he became the youngest player in the history to have reached this milestone, at the age of 22 years and 80 days.
  29.  He also became the first player in history to have scored four goals against Barcelona in a single Champions League season, in the same match.
  30.  Mbappé was the inaugural winner of the Kopa Trophy, awarded by France Football, to the best player in the world under the age of 21, on December 3, 2018.
  31.  He scored his first World Cup goal in the June 21, 2018 match against Peru, becoming the youngest ever French goalscorer in the history of World Cup, at the young age of 19.
  32.  In the match against Argentina on June 30, 2018, he scored two goals, becoming the second teenager, only after Pelé, to score two goals in a World Cup match.
  33.  Kylian Mbappé Net Worth: $95 Million

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