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Those that have seen a lot of the lad, love him. Why wouldn’t you? We start with a welcome return of 4_4_haiku. ‘I just love the fact that Mbappe, besides being majestic, also seems to have been in every super club’s ‘We Scouted / He Came For A Trial With Us’ list. Definitely in Chelsea’s… Fodder for future Might’ve Been Teams galore.’ ‘Kylian Mbappe is like discovering Thierry Henry’s regen on FIFA Career Mode, both started at Monaco, both won the World Cup before turning 21, the pace of a Cheetah and the finishing ability to rival anyone, truly special.’ ‘My son loves watching him. One of those players who will make sure future generations stay interested in football because he does so many exciting things on the pitch. Also plays alongside Neymar, so clearly has the patience of a saint.’ ‘I’m basing this on absolutely nothing, but he just *looks* like a really, really pleasant lad. One of the best footballers in the world as well, so there’s also that.’ ‘ Motorcycles Vintage Hawaiian Shirt
So young. Just so ridiculously young. He could retire happy tomorrow. That is all.’ ‘It’s quite something to watch a young man with so much talent that he quite literally has the footballing world at his feet.’ ‘The only danger I can imagine for him is that his motivation drops by the time he’s 25… because he will have won everything by 25. Otherwise, him and Haaland will be the future Messi/Ronaldo debate (Messi for me), and he might well make the top tens of the very best, ever.’ What the future holdsWhile some might rather boringly say he has to move to one of the usual big clubs outside of France, there seems little imperative to do so at this age. After all, he’s a Paris boy, playing in Paris and winning everything. Why move? The only thing he hasn’t already won is the Champions League and he’s got a good shot at it this year. Comparisons are made to Those Two but they seem largely irrelevant as they are outliers in the curve to greatness that will likely never be surpassed and each took a different route to immortality. Motorcycles Vintage Hawaiian Shirt
One by being at a single club, one by playing all across Europe. Mbappe should follow his own route on his own terms. This is certainly not the time to transfer to either Barcelona or Real Madrid, both of whom are looking threadbare, old and in debt. In fact, finances at both clubs are so dire that they could only afford him if they sold significant numbers in their squad. Even if the Catalans sold Messi, they are a billion euros in debt and taking his wages off the accounts would only help financially stabilise them, not necessarily give them massive riches to invest. A boring big money move to Manchester City could happen but contrary to what many propagandists might say, the Premier League does not hold attraction and glamour for every European player. They do not all see England as a land of Elysian Fields and do not feel the pull of money when they’re already massively rewarded. Let’s hope KM is one of those. An issue he may face sooner than most is some sort of burn0out. He’s already played over 260 games in under six years and has won almost everything.
If he does add a CL medal this year, what is left for him to achieve? Still in his early 20s not everyone has the drive to just keep racking up more trophies and titles in one country or in many. Not everyone is as bothered about breaking records and picking up Ballon d’Ors as CR7 and Messi. Then comes the demotivation that huge wealth sometimes brings. Again, it’s not in everyone’s psychological make-up to be as hungry as a multi-multi-millionaire as you were before you hoovered up your first 10 million. Indeed, you’d be weird if you did. And finally, there is injury to possibly contend with. He’s been mercifully free of anything serious so far but we know fast players often suffer specific speed-related injuries sooner in their careers than players who are more pedestrian. It seems likely he’ll have at least one major twangage at some point; how he comes back from that will determine the longevity and success of his career. To date, he has been absolutely phenomenal but football can be a cruel sport. You’re only one major injury away from being filed in the ‘where are they now?’ folder. I suppose what I’m saying is that at 22, and being one of the best on earth, doesn’t mean he will be aged 30. However, he has already written a mighty legacy. Continue de courir, Kylian. John Nicholson Johnny’s new book Can We Have Our Football Back YET? What Covid-19 has told us about the Premier League, is an update to his 2019/20 best seller. “A searing account of a year like no other in football.” Buy it here.
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