Champions League Victory Will Cement Mbappé’s Legacy at PSG

By any measurable statistic, Kylian Mbappé is already one of the best players to ever put on a Paris Saint-Germain jersey after only three seasons in the French capital. However, there is still one accomplishment that eludes him.

Mbappé came close to a UEFA Champions League final with AS Monaco in 2017 but since coming to PSG, he has tasted only disappointment in the most prestigious club competition in Europe.

When the Champions League resumes in August, PSG faces a very manageable schedule with only three wins needed to win the club’s first-ever Champions League title.

Atalanta is the first club that PSG will face in the quarter-final on August 12, and then either Atlético Madrid or RB Leipzig in the semi-finals. If there was ever a time to bet on PSG to win it all via, now might be the time.

Back to Mbappé, the 21-year-old recently landed the cover of the FIFA 21 video game and is widely regarded as the best of the best when it comes to the next generation of footballers. He’s already won the FIFA World Cup with France and every major trophy in the country as well.

Furthermore, in 120 appearances for PSG, Mbappé has scored 90 goals and recorded 49 assists. It’s safe to say that if he remains in Paris beyond 2022, which is when his current contract expires, he could easily become the club’s all-time leading scoring surpassing Edinson Cavani’s tally of 200.

All of these accolades have made Mbappé the target of numerous transfer rumors about a potential departure to Real Madrid and while that may happen eventually, the kid from Bondy, a suburb of Paris, has unfinished business with the capital club.

You see, winning a Champions League title as a Real Madrid player doesn’t carry the same meaning for Mbappé as winning it at PSG.

Los Blancos have a storied history of lifting the cup and other than idolizing Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane, Mbappé doesn’t have that connection to the Spanish club like he does PSG. It’s why he turned them down in 2017 when he was at Monaco and instead joined PSG.

Representing France and bringing Champions League glory to PSG means something to Mbappé and it’s what will cement his legacy at the club and in the game of football. There can never be another first Champions League title at Real Madrid but there can be at PSG and its what I believe motivates Mbappé and his teammate, Neymar Jr.

If PSG wins the Champions League this season, I don’t think there will be a supporter who won’t understand if Mbappé does eventually leave for Real Madrid. He would have accomplished everything possible in France and delivered what every football fan wants. He would have lifted PSG into respectability amongst the European giants and eventually, after his career is over, I expect there to be a statue of Mbappé outside of the Parc des Princes.

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