Kylian Mbappé, the five dates of an extraordinary journey



The Parisian adventure continues for Kylian Mbappé. After five seasons in the PSG jersey, four French championship titles and an appearance in the Champions League final, the young tricolor football star Kylian Mbappé decided on Saturday May 21 to stay in the capital, refusing advances of Real Madrid.

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After almost a year of incessant rumors around a possible departure for Spain, the striker of the France team intends to offer PSG its first Champions League. Back in five dates on a young career with an already well-stocked list.

► European revelation

It was under the colors of AS Monaco that Kylian Mbappé signed his first professional contract, in 2016. Very quickly, his talent and the records of precocity that he methodically broke aroused interest in the professional world.

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In the eyes of the general public, he revealed himself the following year, in 2017, during the Monegasque campaign in the Champions League. Monaco eliminated Manchester City in the round of 16 then Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals, with a double from Kylian Mbappé in the first leg.

AS Monaco will fail in the semi-final against Juventus Turin, which does not prevent the striker from becoming the youngest player in history to reach five goals in the premier competition. The icing on the cake, the club from the Principality won Ligue 1 this year, under the nose and beard of Paris Saint-Germain.

► First selection in the French team

During this remarkable campaign and in a season during which he scored 15 goals despite very limited playing time, Kylian Mbappé experienced his first selection for the France team, in March 2017.

Without going through the box of the Espoirs team, the native of Paris is treading the pitch for the first time with the blue jersey against Luxembourg. Five months later, he scored his first goal for the national team.

► Transfer to Paris Saint-Germain

At the end of a season which plunged him into the light, Kylian Mbappé is courted by many big clubs in Europe. Real Madrid, already, but also Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. It is with the club of the capital that engages the one who is already approached to become the icon of French football.

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Transferred for 180 million euros in the form of a loan with an option to buy, he becomes the second most expensive player in history behind Brazilian star Neymar, who arrived at PSG the same summer.

► World Champion

Titled in Ligue 1 in his first season with the Parisian jersey, he participated in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Indisputable holder of Didier Deschamps, he scored four goals during the competition. His double against Argentina in the semi-final allows France to get out of a cleaver match. He scored again in the final against Croatia.

France crowned world champion in Moscow, Kylian Mbappé becomes the second youngest player to win the World Cup after Pelé. Comparisons with the legend of the Brazil team are multiplying, and after the competition he becomes the face of the France team.

Three years later, however, he fails to confirm the promises with the Blues. Disappointing during Euro 2021, he bears some responsibility for the elimination of France in the round of 16 by missing his shot on goal.

► Extension at PSG

For over a year, rumors had been sending him ever more insistently to Real Madrid. It must be said that, between the disappointment following successive eliminations in the Champions League and his never hidden attraction for the Madrid club, the signals were not lacking. The striker has however decided to extend the Parisian adventure until 2025.

Already four times winner of the French championship, three times winner of the Coupe de France and twice winner of the Coupe de la Ligue, the Parisian now has only one objective in mind: to win the Champions League, the first in the history of PSG.

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