Over the years, Kylian Mbappe has become more and more important in the world of football and even beyond. Has Paris number 7 become more than just a footballer? Some answers in this column.
At the heart of the Paris project
The number 7 in Paris has extended his contract to become a central player in the Paris project. Kylian Mbappe, who is now tied to the capital club until 2025, has opted for Paris ahead of Real Madrid, who approached him.
Thus, after the extension of this contract on May 21, he declared: “France has this sentimental side. The project changed and it made me want to continue. My story here is not over and I still have great chapters to write with Paris Saint-Germain.“
Choice of sports under the eyes of politics
Mbappe’s extension in Paris has become a national issue in turn, so much so that at the highest level of the state we wanted to influence the retention of the World Champion in the capital club. Kylian Mbappe indeed admitted last May that President Macron had repeatedly traded and pushed for a contract extension: “We talked a lot. Let’s just say it was good advice. He wanted me to stay, that’s part of the negotiation.“
Sportsman considered in public opinion
This intervention by the President of the Republic says a lot about the weight gained by Kylian Mbappe in French public opinion. His hat-trick in the World Cup final added to this effect of popularity within the country. But what about his latest tweet in favor of Zinedine Zidane, which has been viewed more than 105 million times?
This position is neither trivial nor anecdotal. Kylian Mbappe chose to speak his mind publicly and put himself forward in front of the Federation President (Noël Le Graët), where many managers or former players of the French team chose to remain silent.
A special attachment to France
By deciding to stay in France, Kylian Mbappé helped to be even more appreciated by a part of the population, if not unanimously. His commitment to France is obvious. For example, remember that Kylian Mbappe went to Paris with the dream of participating in the Olympic Games for his country.
This desire was made clear after he extended his contract in Paris: “Of course, I want to represent France at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. We talked about this in the outlines of the contract with the club. It’s really an opportunity, 1924 will be the 100th anniversary of Paris, it’s one of the biggest sporting events. Sports are feelings, feelings. The possibility of playing such a competition at home in front of families, friends, and the whole world watching you should not be overlooked. It’s a childhood dream, I’ve always said I want to participate, hopefully I’ll get the chance.“
It is a duty to set an example
With this reputation already well established, Kylian Mbappe is certainly mindful that exemplary behavior is in order both on and off the pitch. On the field, his investment and constant desire to win and break records is quite evident.
Off the field, the Bondi native leads by example by being involved with the Foundation PSG, but also for his activities in the field of charity. Kylian Mbappé is part of the Enfoirés troop in favor of Restos du Coeur. He also invests in the Abbé Pierre Foundation, where he already has a large endowment.
It should be added that Kylian Mbappe also participates in the fight against “junk food” by refusing to participate in advertising campaigns related to foods that are too sweet or fast food.
The Bondi native has also refused to take part in online betting adverts.
Do you think Kylian Mbappe is not just a football player? What inspires you about his participation in French public life? Your comments are welcome.