France discovered his talent on December 2, 2015, the day of his first team debut in the 88th minute against Caen (1-1), at the Stade Louis-II. At the time, he was already breaking a record in this appearance, becoming the youngest pro player to wear the AS Monaco jersey, at 16 years and 11 months. Two months later, he celebrated his first goal in Ligue 1 in additional time against Troyes (3-1).
𝐊𝐲𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐌𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐏𝐄 🔴⚪️ au fond des filets !
⚽ 𝗙𝗜𝗥𝗦𝗧 𝗚𝗢𝗔𝗟 – 17/18 ✨ pic.twitter.com/UjEcrnxBkv
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) October 14, 2020
Precocity in all areas
Always ahead of the standards, he scored his first hat-trick against Metz on February 11, 2017 (5-0), then his first goal in the Champions League against Manchester City (in a 5-3 loss), a few days later. Satisfied? Not really. The native of Bondy continued to smash records in a Red and White jersey. Full of coolness in his finishing, he soon reached 10 goals in Ligue 1 thanks to a double against Nantes on March 5.
Filling the net in the Champions League quickly became a habit, after a double against Dortmund in the first leg (2-3), he also scored in the second leg (3-1). It was enough to become the youngest player to score five goals in C1, but also to have scored scored in his first four knockout games in the competition. This 2016-2017 season was one consecration for AS Monaco and its young striker, with the team winning the league title and Kylian scoring fifteen goals, all at just 18.
A fifth World Champion trained at AS Monaco
Kylian Mbappé has come a long way since, becoming a French international (39 caps, 16 goals), and winning the Wold Cup in 2018. As such, he is also one of the five world champions to have trained at the Academy of AS Monaco, alongside Emmanuel Petit, Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet and Lilian Thuram.
A pure product of the Monegasque system, he had distinguished himself very early on by winning the Coupe Gambardella with the U19s under Frédéric Barilaro in spring 2016. During this match, he was a major architect of this prestigious victory. Involved in all three goals scored by AS Monaco, he scored twice and recorded an assist, making the final score to 3-0, just before winning, with Les Bleuets, the U-19 European Championship.
The entire Club therefore wishes a happy birthday to Kylian, who turns 22 today!