Kylian Mbappé, his complicated relationship with Paris and a showdown with his dream club – The Athletic

Kylian Mbappe towers over Harry’s Cafe, an American-style restaurant next to the concrete flyover linking central Paris to Bondy, the suburb where the superstar French striker grew up.

A gigantic mural, paid for by Nike, covers an apartment building casting a shadow over the cafe’s parking lot (below). It represents the sleeping young boy dreaming of becoming a superstar.

Now 23, Mbappe’s footballing dreams have come true faster than he could have ever imagined.

Aged just 19, he won the World Cup and the tournament’s best young player award, cementing his place as his country’s and city’s golden boy after returning to Paris from Monaco in 2017 as a teenager. most expensive of all time. He also won four Ligue 1 titles, three French cups and a host of individual accolades.

But Mbappe apparently wants to leave a club where he has to compete for attention with Lionel Messi and Neymar, the three men who make up perhaps the most exciting frontline in football history on paper, although none seems to like it very much. .

This week, PSG take on Real Madrid who, in world football’s worst-kept secret, are Mbappe’s preferred destination when his contract expires this summer.

Madrid are confident they will get their man, but PSG are desperate to keep him.

Some have even suggested that the result of this tie could be a factor in his reflection, either proving that this new look of PSG can beat the best in Europe as well as France, or rather demonstrating that if Mbappe really wants to be the best in the world. , he must join a historical power of football like Real Madrid.

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