When growing up and getting your first pangs of love from the beautiful game of football, one of the things you will desire to achieve is winning the FIFA World Cup and although it will be a fantasy for so many, for a select few it will become an incredible reality.
Of course, there is no age limit to winning the pinnacle of world football – although if you are to win it at any age over 35, then it surely would act as the perfect end to any career that has been cultivated in the two decades previously and anything over 40, would be all but a fairy tale.
While at the same time, there is no lower age limit and although some famous teenagers have gone on to conquer the world at an early age, that is far from the norm when it comes to those who have captured a World Cup winners medal.
With that said, if you are to win FIFA’s crown jewel at a young age or at least relative to footballing terms, you often need something special about you and when it comes to Kylian Mbappe, he is exactly that.
After winning the 2018 edition of the competition with France, the teenager had the world at his feet and while spending that season on loan at PSG – as part of the deal that took him from Monaco, the following season would see Mbappe wear his new club colours on a permanent basis.
From there, he has shone on the biggest stage in club football and although he is yet to earn a Champions League success with his current employers, there is no doubt that he has tormented some of Europe’s best defenders.
At the time of writing, the 22-year-old has won the Ligue 1 title on four separate occasions (once with Monaco and three times with PSG and also a trio of Coupe De France trophies between 2018 and 2021 – with a runners-up medal also collected in 2019.
Although that is an incredible trophy haul, there is a sense of how many lands are left to conquer within the confines of French football and because of that, the striker’s contract status is one that is becoming rather interesting.
With PSG running away with this season’s edition of Ligue 1, the best online sportsbooks are not going to offer much in the way of odds for outright victory and therefore, backing Mauricio Pochettino’s men may only be considered as a bet that offers a rather small return on investment.
Of course, when it comes to those same online sportsbooks and the markets on where the biggest names will end up next season, the smart money is currently on Real Madrid snaring one of European football’s biggest talents.
Because there has seemingly been an impasse in negotiations, as far as PSG and the striking starlet are concerned and with this deadlock still yet to be broken, Real Madrid are now ready to swoop in for themselves.
Especially as Florentino Perez has made no secret of his continual desire to bring the very best to the Santiago Bernabeu and when you are searching for players in that remit, then Kylian Mbappe is certainly one of those.
Of course, with the January transfer window soon opening, there is always the question of what to do with a player who is soon to be out of contract and with PSG not short of a Euro or two, they are in no great rush to sell one of their most exciting talents.
Although time is not necessarily on their side, there is not a requirement to cash in during the January window either and therefore, PSG’s Qatari owners will use every opportunity to keep hold of the former Monaco forward.
Which means, these negotiations or perhaps a lack thereof are going to go all the way to the last day of Mbappe’s contract and if PSG can get a deal inked, they will be absolutely delighted. At the same time, they are also prepared to let him walk away for nothing.
A stance that suggests that perhaps the owners have more money than sense, but fundamentally they have a lot of money and the fact they can even consider letting such a talent go, without the need to claw back a fee, highlights their current state of largesse.
Largesse that is only really confined to the parameters of Ligue 1 and with the club still pursuing a first ever Champions League title, it may be success in this very competition that moves the contract talks in PSG’s favour.
Win and all of a sudden, the French heavyweights are finally European heavyweights. However, failure to land European club football’s richest prize and it looks as if Kylian Mbappe will be a Galactico at the start of next season.