As Messi and Ronaldo come to the end of their careers, all eyes turn to French wonderkid and the future of football, Kylian Mbappe. The 19-year-old World Cup winner just won the inaugural Kopa Trophy, which is awarded to the best male footballer in the world under 21. And having been recently announced as an ambassador for Hublot, we delve into the life of this extraordinary talent.
Where’s he from?
Mbappe was born in 1998 in Bondy, a poor suburb in north-east Paris with a population of about 50,000, which stands on a motorway that connects Paris to Charles de Gaulle airport. He played for local club AS Bondy and a giant mural of Mbappe adorns one of Bondy’s apartment blocks today.
What’s his family story?
Mbappe’s father Wilfried has Cameroonian roots and was a coach at his son’s club AS Bondy. Mbappe’s mother, Fayza is of Algerian origin and was a professional handball player.