Befitting his status as the symbol of a new era for French football, Kylian Mbappe was the first player called up by France to be born after their 1998 FIFA World Cup™ win. The forward was already making waves and being showered with plaudits when he got the call, thanks in large part to his superb UEFA Champions League performances for Monaco.
Far from letting the praise go to his head, the thrilling young prodigy continued his rise by joining Paris Saint-Germain, where his statistics have again been remarkable. He has also emerged as an important player for Les Bleus, notching his maiden strike on his fifth appearance, a crucial 4-0 victory against the Netherlands on the road to Russia 2018.
Thanks to his extraordinary bursts of speed, his unpredictability and his intelligence on the pitch, Mbappe is already considered one of world football's finest players, and he will be anxious to underline his standing in Russia.