Dreams are great to have when you’re a kid, but as you grow older, a certain pragmatism is called for in order to ensure those dreams don’t become a nightmare.
In the case of Kylian Mbappé, Paris Saint-Germain’s French superstar, he has dreamed of playing for Real Madrid since he was a young boy. There’s a famous photo of him in his bedroom with posters of Cristiano Ronaldo decorating his walls. As his profile increased and clubs around Europe began to take notice, Mbappé traveled to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and met Zinedine Zidane. So, it’s no coincidence that with one year left on his contract at PSG, all signs, and bet365 bonuskoodi odds, point to the 22-year-old leaving the French capital for Madrid.
Is a move to Los Blancos really what’s best for Mbappé at this stage of his career? Let’s look at the positives first. La Liga is a more high-profile league with teams that regularly perform well in European competition. Madrid’s fanbase is far superior to PSG’s and perhaps more importantly, Mbappé’s arrival would signal a new era for Real Madrid, one in which the FIFA World Cup winner would be the star and he wouldn’t have to share the spotlight with anyone.
Let’s look at the negatives now. For starters, Real Madrid just lost to FC Sheriff Tiraspol in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. That’s not a good look for a team wanting to sign a superstar player in a few month’s time. The squad is aging as well, and while players like Luka Modrić and Eden Hazard will likely be moved on next summer to build around Mbappé, there’s no guarantee that Madrid will sign the right players to complement what Mbappé does so well on the pitch.
At PSG, Mbappé has a squad that is tailor-made for him on the pitch. He may not enjoy sharing the spotlight with Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr., but the three of them could go down as the most prolific threesome in history. Just look at the way Messi and Mbappé connected for the goal against Manchester City in the Champions League. Does Mbappé really want to give that up to chase a childhood dream and play with lesser quality teammates?
It’s going to be difficult for Mbappé to win the Ballon d’Or at PSG with Messi and Neymar as teammates. Not impossible, but he’s going to have to outshine both of them to win it. If Mbappé’s ultimate goal is personal achievements, Real Madrid is the place for him. However, if he wants to bring a Champions League title to Paris and play with arguably the greatest footballer of all time, he should sign a two-year extension and start dreaming of what he can achieve at his hometown club.