He only reached the end of his teens at the end of a stellar 2018, and plenty are still pinching themselves at just how much much Kylian Mbappe has already achieved. Not the man himself, though.
"I knew I wanted to do it since I was four years old," he said in a television interview in April 2017, just before Monaco's Champions League semi-final with Juventus, referencing his first memories of visiting local club AS Bondy where his father Wilfried played and coached
Whatever comes next for Mbappe, this year will always be special. In his own smooth way – he shares some of his effortless ways with fellow Monaco product Thierry Henry – he grabbed 2018's World Cup by the throat.
His winner against Peru in the group stage made him the youngest Frenchman to score at a World Cup, and then he twice emulated Pele's high watermarks: Mbappe became the second teenager to score twice in a World Cup match with his brace against Argentina, then the second teenager after the great
It was not as much as the record The craft of his finishing, his all-round implication in Les Bleus'Play and his clear-headed vision of the game just was not like another 19-year-old His goals against Argentina set an already-smouldering tournament alight, but the enduring image of that game is the searing run from his own half – an electrifying passage of play in which he scorched four players – which culminated in a 13th-minute penalty for Antoine Griezmann to convert
In an age where fans are rarely blindsided by young talent, having access to leagues from all across the world, Mbpei astounded the watching millions and the world around armchair fans for a new family name.
There was never a question about whether he would have received the tournament's Best Young Player award, but he did not know about the size of his talent and influence. His goal was to beat a tricky final against Croatia said it all: 25 yards out, some players did have seen that on a shot on. He took it early and with precision, giving Danijel Subasic no chance.
Such was his achievements in Russia that a very satisfactory ending to his first season with Paris Saint-Germain could almost go unnoticed. After a disappointing Champions League elimination by his boyhood heroes Real Madrid, PSG and Mbpe went on to lift the domestic treble, and there was a valid conversation over whether the team's extraordinary front of three Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar Brazilian's era Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez as the greatest of the modern game.
By the end of the season, any suggestion that Mbpe was 'just' a speed merchant and finisher had gone out of the window, with his ability to create now fully flourished.
In 2018/19, his level of understanding with Neymar has led to mischievous suggestions that the pair has excluded Cavani from their clique. In reality, they are a different technical level.
Yet when in public, it may be the peace by suggesting that Neymar is the main man, he's fooling nobody. Starting this season at a scoring rate of more than a goal per game, he's the one who looks at the biggest moments He cracked open Le Classique at Marseille and scored four goals in 14 minutes to obliterate Lyon, the second-best team in Ligue 1
The speculation will continue to link with Real Madrid, but it is not a formality – simply because Mbpe does everything exactly on his own terms, and with so little fuss Somehow, a € 180 million price tag looks very light on these young shoulders.
Get the list here
FourFourTwo's 100 Best Football Players in the World 2018