Kylian Mbappe played in his first World Cup final in 2018 (aged 19), which he claimed worth £1.75 for a plastic toy and a coloring book. The French star will try to emulate the great Pele as he hopes to win the World Cup back-to-back from 16:00 today, December 18, 2022.
Pele won the World Cup in 1958 and 1962. The French side won the tournament in 2018 and also has the chance to win the trophy in 2022.
Mbappe started dreaming of playing in the World Cup as a kid growing up in Paris. While he was young, he had pictures of Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Pele, and Neymar Jr in his room.
Winning football matches in school was about life and death. His passion for football has made him a millionaire and a great player. He is among the richest young men in football today.
He had a dream of becoming one of the greatest players in the history of football. At the age of 23, the winger is already getting exceptional results; if Mbappe keeps fit and plays for another 12 years, he is likely to end his career as the greatest player of all time.
The player has the ability to win games personally without assistance from his teammates. He has always been a nightmare for defenders, and his pace has always been an advantage for him over the years.
In his next World Cup, the French star will attain the age of 27 and can still play until 2030. The French national team is blessed to have a player of his caliber.
Paris Saint-Germain signed him from Monaco in June 2018 for a whopping sum of £162 million.
He has already scored 250 goals in his professional career. Mbappe has also won five French League championships, three French Cups, two League Cups, a World Cup, and the Nations League with France.
Mbappe has additionally won his nation’s Player of the Season three times.
According to The Sun, Mbappe, who is now 23-year-old, recalled: “Me and my friends, we did not hope to become footballers.
“We did not expect, we did not plan — we dreamed.
“I remember we had this tournament at our school — all the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth graders — and it was our World Cup.
“We were playing for this £1.75 plastic trophy, but we treated it like it was life or death. Your honour is always at stake.”
Also, Mbappe told the Players’ Tribune: “With me, everything is football.
“When I was three, I was bought one of those little 4×4 electric toy trucks for my birthday.
“You could actually sit inside and drive it around. It had pedals and everything.
“My parents would let me drive from our house to the football pitch across the street, like I was a real footballer driving to training. I took my little routine very seriously.
“But as soon as I arrived, I always left the car in a corner to go play football.
“This cool 4×4 that made all my friends jealous — but I just didn’t care about it anymore.
“I just wanted the ball. To me, the ball was everything.”
How Much Does The Winner of The World Cup Takes and Runner Up
The winners of the World Cup will take home a whopping $42 million, and the runners-up of the tournament go home with $30 million. Either Lionel Messi or Kylian Mbappe will go home with one of the two prizes today, December 18, 2022.
Croatia, which won the third-place match against Morocco, goes home with a sum of $27 million, and the team in fourth place (Morocco) goes home with pride and $25 million.
Kylian Mbappe Awards
Mbappe won the Golden Boy Award in 2017 for the best young player in Europe for helping Monaco get to the Champions League semi-finals.
He won the Dubai World Cup soccer award for the best player of the year in 2021. He won Ligue 1 player of the season four times due to the amount of goals scored in four different seasons.