At just 20-years-old, Kylian Mbappe has been on quite a journey. The young sensation is already a World Cup winner with France and in addition to that, the second most expensive player the game has ever seen, behind his club teammate Neymar.
Having burst on to the scene at Monaco in a side which consisted of numerous talents. A lot of whom are currently plying their trades at the highest level, take for instance Bernardo Silva at Manchester City – the Portuguese international is just off the back of a domestic treble – Mbappe has found himself back in the French capital with Paris Saint Germain.
After signing on the dotted line for the French giants back in 2017, Mbappe has since gone on to secure back to back Ligue 1 titles, a third successive individual triumph, and has also added a Coupe de France, alongside a solitary Coupe de la Ligue title.
However, he recently stated via Goal.com: “I discovered a lot of things here. I feel it’s time to have more responsibility. I hope it may be Paris Saint Germain, it will be with great pleasure, or it may be elsewhere for a new project, but I would like to say thank you.”
The comments came upon collecting his award for Ligue 1 Player of the Year, last night. It is reasonable to say that such comments have cast considerable doubt within the media as to where the Frenchman’s future may lie.
Surrounded by some of the best talent in the world amongst adding numerous pieces of silverware, it may seem silly to want to leave the Ligue 1 Champions. Having said that though, they may boast on paper one of the best squads in the world but when it comes to the biggest stage of all, the Champions League, they fall considerable wide of the mark in terms of becoming European Champions. Let’s not forget, the domestic treble wasn’t enough to keep current Arsenal manager Unai Emery in charge. Simply because European glory is what the owners are craving.
Looking closer at it as well, if Mbappe is realistically going to live up to the potential many believe he has he has to prove himself on the biggest stage against the best players. It could be argued that his legacy would be slightly tarnished should he see out his career in France, just purely due to the lack of quality that the league boasts.
When you look at some of the greatest players of all time, they often tend to end up in Spain with either Real Madrid or Barcelona. The prestige is just something every player seems to dream of, and they often tend to provide the best platforms for players to showcase immense ability. Look at Cristiano Ronaldo, he has proved himself time and time again in different leagues, as well as countries. His most illustrious spell though, coming in the Spanish Capital with Real Madrid. The former Manchester United man scored a staggering 450 goals for Madrid before moving on last summer to Juventus in Italy.
It has been well documented in the past that Mbappe is a big fan of the Portuguese, so don’t be surprised if he follows in his footsteps to seek new challenges. The former Monaco forward is highly fancied to one day take the Ballon D’or, an achievement given to players at the top of world football. The comment regarding responsibility may just be signs of Mbappe looking to put himself in contention to take him that sort of accolade. With Ronaldo and Messi both beginning to age, it may now be the time for him to step up and be really shine.
There certainly would be several potential suitors chasing his signature but with such a heavy fee already been paid by Paris Saint Germain, can anybody afford to land the wonderkid?
By James Miller