PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe made an appearance at the NBA Draft Lottery alongside basketball wonder kid Victor Wembanyama.
On Tuesday evening, the San Antonio Spurs, situated in Texas, were granted the first overall choice in the NBA Draft Lottery.
Wembanyama, depicted as an ‘alien’ by basketball legend LeBron James, is largely expected to be signed by the Spurs.
On Tuesday, May 16 Mail Sport reported that French football superstar Kylian Mbappe attended the 7ft 5ins 19-year-old’s final regular season game.
And, according to a social media video, Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe, one of the best players in the world, caught up with Wembanyama on the evening of the draft.
The official English-speaking Twitter account of Ligue 1, France’s top football league, released a photo of the pair cheerfully standing together with the caption: ‘French perfection.’
Spurs owner Peter Holt, who was present at the lottery in Chicago, was overjoyed when it was announced that his team had won the No. 1 choice, yelling ‘Let’s go!’ and subsequently joking that he might faint’ when interviewed.
The NBA recorded Wembanyama in Paris as he discovered he was the No. 1 choice.
When the announcement was made, he clapped and clenched his fists in delight.
San Antonio had the joint-best odds of receiving the top selection – 14 percent – and will now have the opportunity to sign the prodigy once branded an ‘alien’ by James.
Victor stated during a live ESPN interview from Paris: ‘I’m going to [do] all I can to win as many games as I can. ‘I’m attempting to win a ring as soon as possible, so be prepared.’
And supporters of the San Antonio Spurs echoed Holt’s joy, bursting when they learned Wembanyama would most likely be a Spur.
Victor Wembanyama and Kylian Mbappé
Kylian Mbappé is a French professional footballer who captains the France national team and plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain.
He is regarded as one of the top players in the world, and he is known for his dribbling skills, outstanding speed, and finishing ability.
Victor Wembanyama, on the other hand, is a professional basketball player in France who plays for Metropolitans 92 in the LNB Pro A.
He is largely expected to be the San Antonio Spurs’ first-round pick in the 2023 NBA draft and is regarded as one of the best basketball prospects of all time.
Victor Wembanyama and Kylian Mbappe’s careers
Mbappe has made 322 appearances in his club career so far and scored 241 goals. He had 115 assists, 40 yellow cards, and three red cards.
The winger scored 209 of his 241 goals for Paris Saint-Germain, with the remaining goals coming when he was at Monaco.
He is presently Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time leading goal scorer. Mbappe recorded 45 goals in 70 games for his national team.
Meanwhile, Wembanyama started his professional career in 2019 with Nanterre 92 of the LNB Pro A.
He transferred to ASVEL two years later and won the Pro A title in his only season with the team. Wembanyama joined Metropolitans 92 in 2022 and took on a leadership role.
He has twice been awarded an LNB All-Star, once as All-Star Game MVP, and is a two-time LNB Pro A Best Young Player.
Wembanyama is a member of France’s national basketball squad. He has led his country to two silver medals at the young level, including the 2021 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, where he established the FIBA record for blocks per game in a single tournament.
Salary of Kylian Mbappe and Wembanyama
With a monthly net salary of €6 million, Mbappe is now the highest-paid player in Ligue 1. His pay roughly equals that of Neymar and Lionel Messi.
The 19-year-old, tall basketballer, on the other hand, earns roughly $1.5 million each year.
The birthdays of Kylian Mbappe and Victor Wembanyama
The PSG winger Kylian Mbappe was born on December 20, 1998. He is now 24 years old.
Victor Wembanyama, on the other hand, was born on January 4, 2004, and is currently 19 years old.
Kylian Mbappe and Victor Wembanyama’s net worth
Kylian Mbappe is reported to be worth $180 million after Paris Saint-Germain increased his weekly earnings.
Victor Wembanyama, on the other hand, has a net worth of roughly $20 million.
Meanwhile, his net worth could rise if he lands a lucrative contract with a major basketball team, especially in the NBA.