Star French forward, Kylian Mbappé, turned 21 on Friday, 20 December, and Briefly.co.za decided to honour him by taking a look at five facts about his life and career.
Kylian Mbappé might only be 21 as of today, but the Paris Saint-Germain footballer is already considered one of the best in the world.
In honour of the young talented soccer player's birthday, we gathered five interesting facts about his life and career.
1. Birth and parents
Mbappé was born in Paris, France, on 20 December 1998 to Wilfried Mbappé and Fayza Lamari. His dad, who acts as his agent, hails from Cameroon and is a football coach.
According to Wikipedia, Mbappé's mother, Fayza Lamari, is a former handball player who is of Algerian origin.
2. Talent runs in the family
Aside from his parents - who both have some connection to sport - Mbappé's younger brother, Ethan, plays for PSG under-12s.
Mbappé also has an adoptive brother named Jirès Kembo Ekoko. Like his brother, Ekoko is also a professional football player who last played as a striker for Turkish club Bursaspor.
3. Even legends have idols
Mbappé has always loved football and growing up, his idol was Cristiano Ronaldo.
4. Going pro as a teen
Mbappé now plays as a forward at Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team. However, his professional career started at Monaco at the tender age of 16.
Last year, the 21-year-old opened up about the sacrifices he made as a teen to focus on football in an interview with Time.
He was quoted saying: "I did not have the moments of so-called normal people during adolescence, like going out with friends, enjoying good times."
Regardless, Mbappé maintains that he is living out his dream and is "happy".
5. Making serious bank
According to Goal.com, Mbappé has an estimated nett worth of €20.7 million - which is about R326 million.
The talented footballer is not only making money for himself, any club looking to buy him will have to spend some serious moola.
From a transfer value perspective by the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), the 21-year-old is considered the world's most expensive player.
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