At only 23 years old, Kylian Mbappé has almost completed football. What I mean by that is he’s won every trophy in France and a UEFA World Cup with his home nation in 2018. The two biggest trophies that elude the Paris Saint-Germain superstar are the Ballon d’Or and the UEFA Champions League, and I wouldn’t bet against him even in the Parimatch UAE T20 League.
On the heels of signing a new contract with PSG through 2025, Mbappé is the unquestioned leader of his hometown team and is determined to bring glory to the French capital. He can’t do it alone, but thanks to PSG’s deep pockets, they’ve built a complimentary squad around him and with Christophe Galtier at the helm, things could finally click for PSG and Mbappé.
Along with Mbappé in PSG’s attack is Neymar Jr. and Lionel Messi. You’ve may have heard of them. Last season, Mbappé recorded better stats than both of them as he finished first in both goals scored and assists in Ligue 1. He also scored crucial goals in the Champions League despite a disappointing exit at the hands of Real Madrid in the Round of 16.
With a full season of experience playing with Messi, I expect the two to have synergy unlike anything we’ve seen thus far. Messi will serve as the playmaker for the speedy Mbappé and if Neymar can stay fit, this could be a very exciting attacking trio for PSG.
I also expect the relationship between Mbappé and right-back Achraf Hakimi to continue blossoming. The two love to celebrate goals together and with Galtier preferring a back-three defensive line, Hakimi will hopefully set up even more goals for Mbappé this season.
Ultimately, it comes down to Mbappé as to how many trophies he wins this season—especially the Ballon d’Or. No one can stop him. Health will play a large role, of course, but so will his desire to dominate no matter who the competition is.
Because Mbappé plays domestically in a league that isn’t as respected as the English Premier League, he will have to score more goals, record more assists, and do both in spectacular fashion. Not only that, but he has to win every trophy available to PSG this season. Essentially, the Frenchman has to be perfect. Is it a lot to ask? Of course, but if anyone can do it, it’s the kid from Bondy who turned down Real Madrid to make history in the French capital.