PARIS, Oct 12: Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe�s rapid rise to global fame has earned the teenaged World Cup winner an appearance on the cover of Time magazine�s international edition, to appear on Friday.
Time said Mbappe was a global superstar who �is the future of soccer.� Mbappe made headlines in September 2017 when he moved from Ligue 1 side Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain for a staggering 180 million euros ($207 million), a deal that saw the then 18-year-old player handed a reported monthly salary of 1.5m euros ($1.8m). But the 19-year-old�s stock skyrocketed during this year�s World Cup, where a series of phenomenal displays drew compliments from Brazil legend Pele on his way to helping France end their 20-year wait to win another World Cup trophy. Mbappe became the youngest French goalscorer in World Cup history when he struck in a 1-0 win over Peru in the group stages.
The teenager from the gritty Parisian suburb of Bondy then tore apart Argentina, scoring twice and earning a penalty as Les Blues eliminated the highly-fancied South Americans 4-3 in the last 16 knockout round. � AFP