Kylian Mbappé: “The biggest stars are the most humble ones"
PRODIGY. World Cup winner and star of the France national team Kylian Mbappé appears on the front page of the new international edition of Time magazine. The prestigious American magazine declaring that the striker is the the future of football
The black and white picture reflects like a mirror his personality traits. World Cup winner Kylian Mbappé has earned an appearance on the cover of Time magazine's international edition, which will appear on Friday.
The teenage star of Paris Saint-Germain has joined the illustrious company of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Mario Balotelli as the select few footballers to have graced the front page of the prestigious American magazine.
The 19-year-old who grew up in Bondy, a suburb of Paris, became the second most expensive player in the history of football, behind his Brazilian teammate Neymar (222 million euro). PSG has also secured his services from AS Monaco for a fee of 180 million euro.
The importance of family
Having achieved the ultimate dream of any footballer this summerwith the French national team in Moscow, Mbappé has declared the importance of family in keeping him grounded and motivated along with a revealing interview by Vivienne Walt.
Discussing his journey to the top, the young footballer admits there’s still a part of him that regrets all the sacrifices he’s had to make.
“My life has been totally turned upside down,” he says. “I am happy, and I am living the life I always dreamed of. I think I might have missed out on something. I did not have the moments of so-called normal people during adolescence, like going out with friends, enjoying good times.”
But the French star does not leave room for regret and bitterness. Not at all.
Mbappé’s post-World Cup stats certainly show a footballer that hasn’t missed a beat since claiming the world’s biggest prize. He’s scored 10 goals in seven appearances across Ligue 1 and the Champions League.
He is also a leading contender for the prestigious Ballon d'Or, which annually awards the best player in the world of football.
His World Cup earnings to a charity teaching sports
“We can be the best and the world champions, as we are now,” Kylian Mbappé says. “And in four years, you are forgotten, because there is someone else who has arrived and done better than you.
“I have learned that the biggest stars and the greatest players are the most humble ones, the ones who respect people the most. You always have to keep some lucidity. There are three criteria: respect, humility and lucidity.”
Despite earning stardom at such a young age, Mbappé has remained humble throughout it all and this sets him apart from the rest trying to make it to the top.
The Frenchman recently donated his World Cup earnings 431 455 euros to a charity teaching sports to sick and disabled children.
And the famous striker intends to remain as humble as ever.
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