Should 19-Year-Olds Really Be Allowed To Sombrero Professionals Like This?

With Neymar off in Brazil and Kylian Mbappe doing his thing, PSG is immediately much more likable.

Perhaps the most pathetic news of the week was Neymar missing Paris Saint-Germain’s resounding, title-clinching 7-1 victory over rival Monaco on Sunday — the 273 million dollar man preferring to play online poker in Brazil rather than celebrate his first Ligue 1 title with his teammates.

We all know the reason — this entire charade is a massive joke deserving of ridicule and scorn. It is, as Barney Ronay wrote, “a vision of football’s own frictionless future” — a sporting nonevent that’s obviously a massive step backwards for the Brazilian.

Having said that, one footballer who’s taken a step forward by transferring to PSG is the precocious Kylian Mbappe. Such is his ridiculous talent that he became the man at Monaco during his first full season with the first team. At PSG, he’s had to adapt to a new role, but he’s done it admirably. After scoring twice against Caen in the French Cup semifinals on Wednesday, Mbappe took his total to 21 goals from 39 matches in his debut season at the club.

Kylian Mbappe sombrero vs Caen

No Neymar? Great. Photo: @FootInsideNet | Twitter

What’s more, he’s now scored over 50 senior goals in his professional career (27 for Monaco, 21 for PSG and three for France). At the age of 19 years and 119 days, he achieved that feat faster than Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. 

According to the latest rumors, he tops the wish list of the only two clubs that could possibly afford him: Manchester City and Real Madrid. Those two watched his transfer value escalate that much higher after his performance against Caen. 

We can’t wait to watch him in Russia.

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