Despite being the hottest prospect in world football right now, the French teenager remains incredibly, admirably humble
KYLIAN MBAPPE is unquestionably the hottest prospect in world football at present.
His goals for Monaco – high-flying at the summit of the Ligue 1 table and in the semi-final of the Champions League – have caught the eye of every European giant.
While you would imagine a teenage star thrust into the most-dazzling of spotlights would easily get carried away, that’s far from the case with Mbappe.
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In fact the ‘next Thierry Henry’ has remained incredibly – and admirably – humble throughout his rapid rise to fame.
Le Parisien writer Florian Fieschi spoke to Monaco’s Ruddy Ebondo about Mbappe, before himself revealing how the new star avoids the ‘bling-bling’ lifestyle and still lives at the club’s academy.
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Ebondo said: “Everything has changed around him, but Kylian has remained the same. He’s very confident, but very simple too.”
Meanwhile, Fieschi himself profiled Mbappe, writing: “Kylian still has his room at the [academy] training centre.
“He would, however, have the means to afford a villa with an accompanying swimming pool.
“But that’s not his thing. In Monaco, Mbappe is wary of the bling-bling.
“When he was younger, he remembered the unnecessary excesses of certain team-mates who had lost their way.”
Already wise beyond his years, Mbappe spends half his time at the Louis II dormitory, before living a modest family life for the rest of the month.
Fieschi continued: “To protect him, his parents convinced him to stay in the [academy] centre. In their absence, he resides there.
“On the other hand, when his family is there – about two weeks a month – he leaves the Louis II dormitory to join his own apartment, alongside his father, mother and little brother.”
Mbappe’s mother helps her son keep his feet on the ground, reminding him: “He is self-sufficient, [but I remind him] ‘you’re a football genius, but you’re only 18’.”
The French star has already scored an incredible 22 goals this season and has utterly thrived on the biggest stage – the Champions League.
Mbappe ran rings around Manchester City and even more recently Borussia Dortmund.
Now he will prepare to take on Juventus in the Champions League semi-final and will be tasked with matching up with perennial superstar goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
To put things in perspective, when Mbappe was born on December 20 1998, Buffon was preparing to play in his 110th professional match…