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Mbappe is Time magazine's 'Future of Soccer'

AFP  |  Paris 

Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe's rapid rise to global fame has earned the teenaged 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 " Mbappe made headlines in September 2017 when he moved from side to Paris Saint-Germain for a staggering 180 million euros ($207 million), a deal that saw the then 18-year-old 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 legend on his way to helping end their 20-year wait to win another trophy.

Mbappe became the youngest French goalscorer in history when he struck in a 1-0 win over 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.

In doing so, Mbappe became only the second teenager, after in 1958, to score two goals in a World Cup match.

When Mbappe scored with a 25-yard strike in the final, a 4-2 win over Croatia, he became only the second teenager to do so, after Pele, in 1958.

With a total of four goals in the tournament, Mbappe received FIFA's award for Best of

Arguably better still were the plaudits from himself, who said: "If Kylian keeps on equalling my records, I'm going to have to dust off my boots." Mbappe's teenage days will end when he celebrates his 20th birthday on December 20.

He played a key role for on Thursday, equalising from the penalty spot in a 2-2 friendly draw against

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 15:35 IST
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