Written by @football.noww
Mbappé grew up in Bondy, a working-class suburb of northeast Paris. His father Wilfried was a coach at the local non-league club AS Bondy, his mother Fayza was a professional handball player. And his now 28-year-old adopted brother Jires Kembo Ekoko is a professional footballer who currently plays for Bursaspor in Turkey.
At seven, Mbappé started playing for his father's club and as soon as he was competing against older boys, it was clear that he was a rare talent. The first scouts appeared when Mbappé was ten years old and Chelsea made the first big step by inviting Kylian for a week´s trial at their training ground when he was eleven years old. The Mbappé family didn´t refuse, but their real plan was different. His father went to London for the experience, while Kylian himself enjoyed seeing one of Europe´s biggest clubs and meeting his role models, but neither of them intended to leave France for long. During his time in England, Mbappé played one game for the Blues under-12 side, an 8:0 win against Charlton Athletic. He then played alongside players like Tammy Abraham or Jeremie Boga, who are still under contract at Chelsea but loaned out to Swansea and Birmingham, respectively. Nevertheless, he wasn´t blown away by this trip. Because of his self-confidence and self-assessment, he knew that he could play for such a club one day, but it was too early at that time. At the end of the week, Chelsea had been keen to offer the talent a place in their academy, but his family, though grateful, did not contemplate it at all and returned to France.
Six months after coming home from England, Kylian Mbappé joined Clairefontaine, an academy run by the French Football Association, while still going home on the weekends to play for AS Bondy.
In December 2012, Wilfried Mbappé received a call from Real Madrid, inviting him and his son to travel to the Spanish capital for a trial in the same week Kylian turned 14. Most young boys and their families would have jumped at this once-in-a-lifetime chance, but not the Mbappés. They approached it the same way they had Chelsea. They would go only for the experience. Mbappé trained with real´s second team, met Zidane and shot his famous picture with Cristiano Ronaldo, but it didn´t change the fact that the youthful was determined to stay in France.
After two productive years at Clairefontaine, Mbappé chose to continue his football education at AS Monaco, lured by the reputation of their academy and the knowledge he would have the chance to play in their first team as soon as possible. There, the Frenchman developed into one of the world's most exciting players, becoming Monaco's youngest-ever player and goalscorer in his first season. His goals helped them win the French title and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2017.
Then last summer, when Real Madrid returned for Mbappé and had a bid of 180 million euros accepted, it was assumed he would leap at the chance to join his hero, Ronaldo. It was all done, but KM refused. A month later, he became the second-most expensive player in history when for the same fee he chose to join Paris Saint-Germain, which came as little surprise to those who know the Mbappé family and Kylian's career plan.
At 19-years-old, Kylian Mbappé now sees himself playing alongside Neymar and Cavani in one of the best-attacking trios in Europe. At the time of writing, he scored 16 goals and assisted 14 in 29 games, will most likely win the French league and is playing against Real Madrid in the Champions League. His perfectly thought-out plan is coming true right now…