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Name Kylian Mbappe
Spelling Kylian Mbappé
Gender Male
Ethnic French
  Parisian
Job French Footballer
Desc Paris-born forward Kylian Mbappe was the Ligue 1’s top scorer in 2018-19. Part of an exciting young Monaco side which would conquer Ligue 1 and reach the Champions League semi-finals, it would not be long before European football’s big boys would begin to circle. A move to Paris Saint-Germain, initially on loan before a €180m permanent move would deliver further success, Mbappe scoring prolifically and winning back-to-back Ligue 1 titles, being named as the division’s Player of the Year last season after scoring 33 goals in just 29 league appearances

Affiliation

Org France National Team
Club ac Player Paris Saint-Germain [PSG]
  AS Monaco

2017 06 09 Tweet

[Kylian Mbappe speaks with Paris Saint-Germain after completing his move to the club from Monaco] I want to play and progress at the highest level, and PSG meets all my expectations

2017 09 09 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe speaks about a comparison Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made about him] It’s really incredible to be compared to a player like ‘King Pele’, who is the King of Football. But what I must think about is working hard and following my own pathway and not thinking about people who compare you to other players

2017 09 16 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe tells about his football idol Zinedine Zidane] At that time, I wasn’t switched on, I was a little bit in my own world, which is why I wanted to have the same haircut as him. Because when you love a player, you want to do everything like him. If he eats spinach, a kid is going to eat spinach even if he doesn’t like them. I wanted to do everything like him, and as I didn’t know what baldness was, I asked the hairdresser to cut a round bit out of my hair, he thought I was mad

2017 12 30 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe reveals why he chose PSG over Real Madrid this summer] [I turned down Real Madrid] because PSG is the team of my city. [Joining Real] would have been like a Real Madrid-supporting kid from Madrid having the chance to play for his team and deciding to go somewhere else, to another country. I wanted to play for PSG and I am very happy right now about how things are going. There were a lot of rumours about the transfers and it’s true that we spoke, but I think that’s now in the past for me and for Real Madrid. I now play for PSG and I will defend these colours 100 per cent

2018 02 24 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe talks about playing his part inhelping to develop football in Africa] It’s a topic which is close to my heart because even though I’m French I have African heritage and so for me helping the development of sport in Africa is close to my heart and if I can help African sport – through my fame or some other way – I’m happy to do it

2018 03 17 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe revealed his anticipation of making World Cup debut in Russia] Of course, yes, I’m thinking about it. I’ve never played in one before so I’m already thinking about it. At the same time, I know that the most important thing at this time is my club. I’ve got so many objectives with my club that I’m thinking about the World Cup, but I can’t think about it every day because I’ve got PSG. But I admit that I’m looking forward to the World Cup and I’m impatient for it

2018 07 04 Retrieve

[Mbappe was that fast, that good. He scored twice and won a penalty as Les Bleus stormed into the quarter-finals in Russia. After becoming the first teenager since Pele to net twice in a World Cup game, Mbappe was compared to Diego Maradona by Claudio Caniggia, while Jorge Valdano said he’ll ‘define football for the next decade’] It’s all flattering but let’s put things in perspective: Pele was in a different category

2018 10 13 Retrieve

I have learned that the biggest stars and the greatest players are the most humble ones, the ones who respect people the most. There are three criteria: respect, humility and lucidity. My mother has always told me that to become a great football player, you must be before all a great man

2018 10 20 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe on future ambitions] I still have a lot of things to do. I want to accomplish everything. With France, I still have the European Championship to win. I would also, why not, like to compete in the Olympics. Then, with PSG, we all know what [the Champions League] is missing there

2018 11 17 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe talks about maintaining a sense of humour in football] There is no bad time to laugh. I always joke, even five minutes before a game. It’s not bad to stay a little immature. There is so much pressure in football that a little bit of ‘joie de vivre’, a little bit of fun doesn’t hurt in this environment

2018 12 08 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe tells that Eden Hazard was his best opponent in 2018] I was amazed by his speed of execution, he is the player I played against this year who impressed me the most

2019 04 27 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe speaks after Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-1 win over Monaco] Yes, I am sure to stay. I am invested here in this project. Good for Real Madrid that they have Zinedine Zidane. I will tune in to their matches as an admirer

2019 10 19 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe on France head coach Didier Deschamps] I think in particular that he selected me while I was not playing anymore - for a player, you don’t know how much it means. It’s a signal … a very strong signal! It is a mark of confidence that is worth all the money in the world. I know the coach trusts and believes in me. And once he did that, I felt I could die for him on the pitch ever since. If he told me to play in goal, I would

2019 10 27 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe surprises attendees at the Ligue 1 awards ceremony in May when he admitted his future may not be at the Parc des Princes] I come to a turning point in my career. I have discovered a lot here, and I feel it is maybe the moment to have more responsibility. I hope that can perhaps be at Paris Saint-Germain, that would be a great pleasure. Or maybe elsewhere with a new project

2019 11 17 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe’s father Wilfrid has hit back at critics who targeted his son after France’s Euro 2020 qualifying win over Moldova last week] He who knows nothing is a smart man when he shuts up. Some people should do more thinking through. Criticism, we have dealt with since he began his career. Since he was small, he has only known football, a package of good things and less good things. People will like you, others won’t. You have to accept it and let it run its course. It evaporates with time.

I’ve known for a long time that football is amnesiac and that a bad match can bring a lot of things into question. Thursday, he was not so good, he did things not as well, that is a fact. But I remain surprised at the interventions from certain people who know him and see him often speak. Each to their own view. Debates about Kylian accompany both him and his journey. To reassure everyone, we deal with it just fine. We have no worries about the fact that the best is yet to come

2019 11 24 Retrieve

[When asked who he thinks will win Ballon d’Or by German] Messi. In individual terms, he was the best this year

[Despite also being among the 30 nominees for the upcoming Ballon d’Or, the 20-year-old did question his own ability] Sometimes I’m worried, I’m scared, if you fail as a player, you’re in doubt, and when you lose in a big match, the question is, is this the end of it? It was nice, but now it’s over! But that will not last long, because the good thing about football is that you do not have much time to think

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe believes he doesn’t deserve to win this year’s Ballon d’Or but thinks he could clinch the honour as his career progresses] This year? You have to be realistic, I do not deserve it. There are players who have done more. With PSG, we did not win all the national titles, in the Champions League, we disappointed. Sure, at the individual level, I did win a lot of trophies, but football is not played alone and must accept it. I still have time to win it, I’m in no hurry, it’s not something that haunts me

2019 11 26b Retrieve

[Mbappe had minutes earlier became the youngest player to score 15 Champions League goals, beating the previous record of Lionel Messi by 347 days] I wanted to start. I thought about playing from the start. It’s the coach’s decision and you have to accept it. I wanted to show again that it’s hard to do without me

2019 11 26c Retrieve

[Mbappe says I don’t deserve Ballon d’Or but still have time to win it] This year? You have to be realistic, I do not deserve it. There are players who have done more. With d42ee8ade6104ac2d22a470b29e7d6ab, we did not win all the national titles, in the Champions League, we disappointed. Sure, at the individual level, I did win a lot of trophies, but football is not played alone and must accept it. I still have time to win it, I’m in no hurry, it’s not something that haunts me.

2019 11 30 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe discusses his delight at having a French legend as national team coach] Didier Deschamp’s been fortunate enough and talented enough to win it as a player and a coach, which is a historic achievement. It was fantastic for me to have him as a role model. I love working with people whose names have gone down in history

2019 12 03 Retrieve

[Mbappe said back in September 2017] Chelsea was the first great club, the first big club, that I went to visit. So it was a real discovery for me. We played against Charlton, I think, and we won maybe seven or eight nil. I also got to meet some of the first-team players – Drogba, [Florent] Malouda – the French-speaking ones and took some pictures with them. An idea has been reinforced since I was a kid - not just because I went to Chelsea. I always thought: ‘I want to be there, I want to be one of those big players who is trying to give people fun out of the game’. And I have given everything to reach that objective. Now I am on the other side of the camera, on the other side of the TV. That’s the only difference

2019 12 23 Retrieve

[Mbappe dismisses reports of rivalry with PSG team-mate] When I arrived in Paris, this was not even a debate. Neymar was the superstar. He got injured and missed [his chance to be at his best for] the World Cup and I won the World Cup. And then stories began to come out about our rivalry, about my willingness to take his place. In my first training session with PSG I said to him: ‘Don’t worry, I won’t be stepping on your toes here. I’m going to fight for the Ballon d’Or this year because you’re not in the race, but I assure you that I don’t want to take your place, you can keep it. I’m always here to help you

[Mbappe want a Olympic Games gold. But His chances of playing in Tokyo, however, look slim] I don’t control everything. Of course I want to go to the Olympic Games, but if my club, which is my employer, doesn’t want to let me go, I will not try to argue. We will talk to Leonardo about this

2019 12 24 Retrieve

[Mbappe flattered to have Messi’s attention in Golden Shoe battle] Instead of just putting my head under the covers and waiting calmly for the end of the season, I was trying to outdo myself. I saw that I could maybe win the top goalscorer in Europe award. But, facing off against me, was Messi. I would score twice on a weekend, he would go and score three. I would score three, he would score four! It was so crazy that I spoke with Ousmane (Dembele) about it. ‘This is crazy! Is he doing this on purpose?’ He responded to me: ‘Of course he is looking at you!’. I said to myself: ‘Ah, not bad, Messi is watching me … ‘ It is flattering to see that such a player is not overlooking you

2020 01 09 Retrieve

[Asked about his future following PSG’s 6-1 Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final rout of Saint-Etienne on Wednesday] I am ready to play football first. Because we are in January. We start the final sprint, where we can compete for trophies. I think it’s not the right time to make some waves. The club are calm, serene, everyone is walking in the same direction so talking about external things of the pitch would not be realistic or good.

I don’t know if they reach another level but I know they love to play together. They play all four with great complicity especially Kylian and Mauro. It’s obvious and it’s necessary. If you play with four strikers, it’s necessary that they try to find themselves on the pitch. They try to put each other in the best conditions. They give the ball to make an assist or to find a guy in a better position. They did great tonight. We speak a lot about the four strikers but you know that for me it’s all about the team, we need to play as a team with the 11 players. That’s football

2020 01 15 Retrieve

[Mbappe was quick to stress that he believes there’s been too much talk about him and his three team-mates playing together] I think above all that we are talking a bit too much about us playing with four attackers. I feel like we are playing with four attackers in a five-a-side team. But we are playing with 11 men. We know that we have very good players, but this whole ‘Fantastic Four’ thing, all that, it is not our thing. We want to help the team to win, we want to win trophies and we leave superlatives used to describe us to someone else

It is going to be throughout the entire campaign and not across three or four matches that you will see if we are capable of making defensive efforts when the team needs us above all

2020 01 16 Retrieve

[Mbappe believes the rest of PSG’s team – outside of their star-studded attacking line up – do not get the credit they deserve] We talk too much about the front four. We wanted to show that we are really a good team. Having matches of this intensity makes us feel good, we are happy. I think we talk a little too much about the front four, that we are a team of four but we play with eleven!

2020 01 20 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe has opened up about his childhood heroes, selecting Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane as his biggest influence growing up] Well, I’ve had phases. To start, as a child, it was Zidane. If you’re a boy and you’re French, your idol is Zidane. After that, it was Cristiano [Ronaldo] and I’ve been lucky enough to face him. Then it was the Brazilian Ronaldo for the way he played. I want to leave that sort of a mark with my values, to leave a message in the history of football

2020 01 20b Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe has revealed his ‘dream’ for 2020 – to win a treble of the Champions League, European Championships and the Olympic Games] My dream for 2020? A triple-whammy: win the Champions League, Euro 2020 and the Olympic Games

2020 01 21 Retrieve

[Mbappe dismisses Real Madrid speculation but admits admiration for ‘machine’ Liverpool] Everyone talks about it - when I was young I talked about it too. But now I’m a player and I know it’s not the moment. We are in January - it’s the money time of the season. Imagine I answer your question and say something. Everybody will talk about it and it’s not good for PSG. Now I’m with PSG and I’m 100 per cent with the club. I want to help the club grow this season, to win a lot of titles, so for me it’s not good to talk about [my future]. I think about the club because the club helped me. I came here at 18. I was a talent but I was not a superstar. Now I’m a superstar, thanks to PSG and the French national team. I have to stay calm and stay focused on PSG. After that, at the end of the season, we will see. But now I’m focused on my game

[Mbappe has been in awe of Liverpool’s form this term] What Liverpool are doing in this moment is amazing. They’re like a machine, they’ve found a rhythm and are like ‘we play again, we play again’. They’ve lost zero games. When you watch you think everything’s easy but that’s not easy. The guys are focused, they play games every three days and they win, they win, they win. Now the problem is that everybody watches Liverpool, and everybody watches what we can do against them, so now they have to show they are strong again but it’s a very good team with a very good manager

2020 01 22 Retrieve

[Mbappe looking to Cristiano Ronaldo, not Messi, for inspiration] It’s too late for me to carve out a career like Messi’s, I would have had to stay at Monaco. Without taking anything away from Messi, now I have to draw on Cristiano’s career for inspiration. If you’re French, obviously you would have grown up with [Zinedine] Zidane as your idol. After that, it was Cristiano, who I have been fortunate enough to have faced as an opponent, at club level and with the national team.

I also love Brazilian players like Pele, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Kaka. And to the young players who look up to me, I’d like to send them a message from someone who believed in their dream, always giving the best they had to give, trying to push their own limits to be able to make a mark in sport

[Mbappe also believes Cristiano Ronaldo gives Juventus an edge in the Champions League] Juventus are a strong side - they’ve shown that in the finals they’ve played during the past few seasons. They have always lacked something to give them the edge and now they have that in Cristiano. He’s a player who makes you win major trophies. This year Juventus are among the favourites – along with the usual suspects – Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool

2020 01 24 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe has joked about what it is like to be recognised as a top-level footballer, claiming he cannot buy cheese without a crowd gathering] When I go outside, a crazy crowd forms. I can’t even go to the supermarket anymore. If I forget to buy gruyere, I can’t go to Carrefour [a supermarket brand] to buy it. They’d have to close it just so I could buy gruyere. I can’t be just anyone anymore

You’re at home and you’re bored, so you take a little walk outside. You go to have a little ice cream. Then it’s over. Before I’ve even had a chance to lick it, there are already 500 people around me! It’s the life I wanted. I accept the situation. It’s not easy every day, but I wanted it

What Liverpool are doing in this moment is amazing. They’ve lost zero games. When you watch you think everything’s easy but that’s not easy. The guys are focused, they play games every three days and they win, they win, they win.

2020 01 25 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe on Liverpool] What Liverpool are doing in this moment is amazing. They play and they win, they win, they win - they are like a machine

2020 02 03 Retrieve

[Mbappe substitution strop suggests Real Madrid target is growing impatient at PSG] I came here at 18 years and I was a talent but I was not a superstar. But now I’m a superstar. I have to stay focused on PSG 100 per cent and at the end of the season we’ll see

[…] If you’re French, obviously you would have grown up with Zidane as your idol. After that, it was Cristiano Ronaldo, who I have been fortunate enough to have faced as a rival, at club level and with the national team

[…] I just wanted to follow my dream

2020 02 20 Retrieve

[Mbappe also recently admitted he’s looking at Ronaldo and not Messi for inspiritation] It’s too late for me to carve out a career like Messi’s, I would have had to stay at Monaco. Without taking anything away from Messi, now I have to draw on Cristiano’s career for inspiration. If you’re French, obviously you would have grown up with [Zinedine] Zidane as your idol. After that, it was Cristiano, who I have been fortunate enough to have faced as an opponent, at club level and with the national team

2020 02 29 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe about meeting his childhood hero Zinedine Zidane for the first time] I will never forget the moment that we arrived at the training centre from the airport. Zidane met us in the parking lot by his car, and it was a really nice car, of course. We said hello, and then he offered to drive me over to the field for training. He was pointing at the front seat, like, ‘Go on, get in.’ But I just froze and I asked, ‘Should I take off my shoes?’ Hahaha! I don’t know why I said that. But it was Zizou’s car!

2020 03 11 Retrieve

[Mbappe has made clear his admiration for Madrid] Everyone talks about it (a transfer to the Bernabeu) – when I was young, I talked about it too. But now I’m a PSG player and I know it’s not the moment

2020 03 27 Retrieve

[Mbappe makes ‘very large’ donation to charity for those without housing] Concerned about the consequences of the serious health crisis which strikes our country, but also of all the consequences which it can generate on the most fragile people, Kylian Mbappe has just made a very large donation to support the work of the Abbe Pierre Foundation. His generosity will make it possible in particular to implement first aid actions, access to water and hygiene for people in very precarious situations, access to food and shelter for homeless people etc. The Foundation sends its most sincere thanks to Kylian Mbappe for his generosity and his attention towards people in great precariousness. In the context of the current health crisis and beyond the service tickets which are starting to be distributed on the territory, the Abbe Pierre Foundation needs to provide an emergency fund to finance a wide range of actions aimed at homeless people aiming to give them access to water, hygiene and food

2020 04 29 Retrieve

[Mbappe says superstar trio inspired him to reach the top] I have a lot of idols, there was Cristiano, who I loved a lot. And during this period of time, we have had Cristiano and Messi. I have the chance to play with Neymar, who I admired a lot when I was young. They are the players I admired a lot. When you have the chance to play at the top, you need inspiration from the best. Each one has his own style and strength, but they reached the top, so it’s inspiring everybody. So there is no reason for it to not inspire me as well, and we make our own way to reach the top

[When asked to name the best goal he has ever seen, Mbappe chose Ronaldo’s famous overhead kick for Real Madrid against Juventus in 2018] Ronaldo against Gigi. I had the chance to play with Gigi and he talked to me about it, and the feeling he had when this legendary goal happened. So I would say that one

2020 05 08 Tweet

[PSG star Mbappe calls for Ben Yedder to receive share of Ligue 1 golden boot] Thank you all for your messages. I do think that Wissam also deserves a trophy, as it did in the Premier League last season to reward his year

2020 05 09 Tweet

[Mbappe has now taken to social media to urge the powers that be in the French top flight to give Ben Yedder a share of the trophy] Thank you all for your messages. I do think that Wissam also deserves a trophy, as it did in the Premier League last season to reward his year

2020 05 26 Retrieve

[PSG star Mbappe heaps praise on Klopp’s Reds] This season, Liverpool have been a machine in the Premier League. They have made winning look easy but the truth is that it is never easy. Performances like they have been having don’t just happen. To be as ruthless as they have been would come from lots of hard work in training and from having a very good manager

2020 05 26b Retrieve

[PSG star Mbappe: Winning Ballon d’Or doesn’t keep me up at night] To keep on being successful with the national team – next season we have the European Championship and that will be our ambition to be victorious there. It is a big ambition of mine to win the European Cup and to be a part of PSG winning their first European Cup would be very special

[The forward has insisted that individual awards will always come second to team honours] It would be nice to win – but it is not something that keeps me awake at night. I don’t think I have to win it next season or the season after – there is no time limit I have put on it. Always I will put PSG and the national team as my priority. Then, if personal honours come from my performances then it is a bonus

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe says seeing Lassana Diarra and Gianluigi Buffon leave Paris Saint-Germain had a big effect on him] He was Uncle Lass, a big brother you could count on. He has often told me about his career, his clubs. He made mistakes, so he gave me advice. He helped me during complicated times. The highest level, he knows. He knows what he is talking about. He went to a lot of clubs all over the place. He left home very early, and alone. I always liked listening to the senior players. Buffon was also very important to me. But Lass didn’t just speak to me. He confided in those who were coming through. He also spent a lot of time, notably with Presnel Kimpembe and he always played this role even when he was not playing. And that is very important. He was not the one we have sometimes heard people talk about. Lassana was highly respected in the locker room. It did something to me to see him go. It also affected me to see Buffon go. Lass had told me about his plans, I knew what he wanted to do but I didn’t think he was going to work that hard. Because he works very hard. I am still in contact with him.

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe on Buffon] I always liked listening to the senior players. Buffon was also very important to me