The world is celebrating Lionel Messi’s triumph at the FIFA World Cup. He deserved to win it after an incredible showing in Qatar. However, many will argue that the entire tournament was about Kylian Mbappe falling just short of winning back-to-back World Cups.
His performance during the World Cup final against Lionel Messi and Argentina will be discussed in sports bars and online forums for years. He’s achieved plaudits footballers can only dream of at only 23 years of age. Others are already talking about Mbappe sitting at football’s grand table with Messi, Diego Maradona, and Pele.
Moreover, his form for Paris Saint-Germain has been immaculate. Hardly anyone can stop him in Ligue 1, and his goalscoring form in the Champions League has also been prolific. As long as PSG are in the Champions League, they’ll always be among the favorites to win among OKBET’s football specialists.
People naturally ask what is next for the French superstar after playing a significant role in one of the best World Cup finals in history. We’ll look back into recent events involving the French superstar and try to predict what he will do from now on.
Football fans who haven’t seen the 2022 World Cup final between Argentina and France should do themselves a favor and find a way to watch the entire game. It was a fantastic finale because it provided the World Cup trophy that has long evaded the Argentine’s career.
However, it’s clear to everyone that Mbappe stole some of Messi’s thunder in the final. His incredible efforts to bring France back into the game mesmerized people into rooting for him. After all, Geoff Hurst was the only other player to bag a hat trick in a World Cup final.
His ability to convert two crucial penalties in a high-pressure environment showed the nerves that would serve him well later in his career. His eight goals and two assists also presented his propensity to his fantastic positioning, finishing, and creativity.
However, Kylian Mbappe’s bright footballing future may not equate to him staying with PSG the entire time.
There has been trouble brewing between Mbappe’s relationship with Les Parisiens. Reports reveal that he’s been frustrated with PSG’s progress in pursuing Champions League glory.
One of the main reasons why he wants out of Paris is that he doesn’t like the way he’s being used at the moment. Currently, he’s the central pivot in a 3-4-2-1, with Messi and Neymar behind him. He prefers playing in a two-striker setup similar to his partnership with Olivier Giroud in France. Unfortunately, the club couldn’t find a suitable strike partner during the last transfer window.
Another reason is his poor relationship with Neymar. The 23-year-old star feels his Brazilian teammate isn’t doing enough to help the team make a deep run to the Champions League final. Fortunately, Messi’s arrival last season helped smooth the rough edges between the two.
His refusal to address persistent rumors of his January exit caused the media to talk about his future at the club consistently. Fans are also anxious about his potential departure. Some are even questioning whether it’s alright for a young player like Mbappe to have this much control over the club.
His dissatisfaction with the side may eventually change if PSG win the Champions League. Their opponents in the first knockout round are tough, but PSG must beat Bayern Munich if they want any shot at keeping the disgruntled star.
Suppose PSG fail to win Europe’s biggest prize this season. In that case, it will be increasingly likely that Kylian Mbappe will force his way out of Paris. Given his current stature in the game, the biggest clubs in the world will be ready to line up for him.
The question now lies in where the mercurial Frenchman will end up. So far, one of the top clubs from England and Spain is the likely destination for his talents.
Mbappe hasn’t been shy about his admiration for Los Blancos. He grew up as a big Cristiano Ronaldo fan during his peak at the Santiago Bernabeu and is vocal about his love for Real Madrid.
Madrid president Florentino Perez is already licking his chops at the opportunity to sign a star as big as Mbappe. His signing will be a coup for the president, whose reputation was marred by his failure to launch the European Super League.
Chelsea are currently struggling in the Premier League. While Graham Potter has been a capable replacement for Thomas Tuchel, their lack of a potent force up front was easy to notice.
Todd Boehly needs a marquee signing to signify his intentions to the rest of the league, and Mbappe more than fits the bill. He’ll provide instant scoring from the front and immediately bring the London club back to title contention.
Manchester United are doing everything to salvage a season marred with terrible starts and controversial personalities. Now that his idol is out, the Red Devils may look to Mbappe as his heir apparent.
It’s unlikely they’ll be able to mount a serious run for Mbappe, given the uncertainty of the Glazers selling the club. However, imagining Mbappe thriving under Erik ten Hag is an intriguing prospect for even the most cynic United fans.
It may be surprising for some even to see Liverpool among the clubs linked to Kylian Mbappe. After all, they just signed Darwin Nunez this season. The Uruguayan has an excellent start to his Anfield career, bagging four goals in 11 appearances.
However, he’ll likely be moved to the left wing if the Merseyside club manages to pull off such a signing. They’ll be delighted to know he thought of wearing the Liverpool red at least once due to his mother’s love for the club.
Moreover, he’ll have the chance to compete on an even footing with Manchester City and Erling Haaland. I doubt he’ll be able to resist the opportunity to have his version of Ronaldo and Messi’s rivalry with the Norwegian striker.
The world will be rocked the same way Mbappe shocked them during the second half of the World Cup if he decides to leave Parc des Princes. He’s a supreme talent who recently showcased one of the best goalscoring forms in World Cup history.
Wherever Mbappe ends up going, the world will follow his every move. This is Kylian Mbappe’s world; we’re just living in it.