There is a popular quote in sports:  “It’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game.”  For the passion in which every team played at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, they certainly deserve our congratulations.  Each team gave 100 percent in their quest of trying to bring the World Cup back to their homeland.  Even though they lost, they will always be winners in the hearts of their fans.  As in any major sports game, there was only one winner, France was the champion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the final match of the World Cup on July 15, 2018.  Nicknamed as Les Blues (The Blues), team France is certainly celebrating their World Cup win this summer. Without the magical kicking power of Kylian Mbappe, they would not have been able to bring the World Cup home.

At just 19 years old, Kylian Mbappe became the second adolescent to score two goals in the World Cup  match after Pele in 1958.  He also helped score two joint goals.  For his exceptional performance, Kylian Mbappe received the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award.

Unlike other football players, Mbappe is a very versatile player who can kick well with either foot.  Like many other soccer players, he also has great dribbling ability, physical endurance and is a very fast runner.  Through his keenness, he also knows how to read his opponents next move.

Kylian Mbappe, who was born in Paris, France on December 20, 1995, has athletic genes in his family.  Wilfried Mbappe, Mbappe’s dad, who is from Cameroon, is his agent and football coach.  Fayza Lamarr, Mbappe’s mom, who is from Algeria, is a former handball player. Ethan Mbappe, Mbappe’s younger brother, plays for PSG under-128.  Jeres Kembo, Mbappe’s adoptive brother, is also a professional football player.

Beginning his stellar career at AS Bong, Wilfried coached his son, Kylian.  When he moved to Clairefontaine Academy, Mbappe continued to play exceptional soccer.  On February 20, 2016, Mbappe scored his first goal for the clubs first team helping to lead them to a 3-1 win.  At the age of 17, he acquired the distinction of becoming the youngest goalscorer in Monaco’s history.  Due to his phenomenal ability on the soccer field, he signed his first professional contract to Monaco on March 6, 2016.  This written agreement lasts till June 2019.

On August 13, 2017, Mbappe was signed on to Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco on loan.  On August 31, 2017, Mbappe scored his first goal in a 2018 World Cup qualification match against the Netherlands.

The date that marked Mbappe’s major career was May 17, 2018 when he was chosen to play for France in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.  Many soccer players in the world dream of this distinction, but only the best in the world can qualify to compete in the World Cup.  Now Mbappe’s incredible kicking ability became known to the world.

On June 21, 2018, Mbappe scored his first goal in France’s 1-0 win over Peru.  After scoring his first goal at the World Cup, he acquired a magic touch by scoring three more goals for France.  On June 2018, he scored in the Round 16 resulting in a 4-3 win over Argentina.  For his prowess during this game, he was named Man of the Match.  On July 15 2018, Mbappe scored with an amazing 25 yard strike against Croatia in the 2018 World Cup helping France become the champion with a score of 4-2.

Showing that he is a champion off the field, Mbappe will donate his earnings from the World Cup to the Premiers de Corder.  This charitable organization gives free sports instruction to youngsters in hospitals and disabled children.  As an athlete that possesses tremendous power on the soccer filed as well as having a good heart, Kylian Mbappe will undoubtedly have a long and fulminating career.