Kylian Mbappe is just 19 years old, but scored four goals in his FIFA World Cup debut. His last score was the fourth and final goal for France in its 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final on Sunday. That made him the first teenager since the great Pele to score in a World Cup final.
Kylian Mbappé gets in on the action!
The 19-year-old becomes the first teenager to score in a FIFA World Cup final since Pelé. pic.twitter.com/4fqjCSWJL0
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 15, 2018
After the match, Mbappe was (not surprisingly) given the FIFA Young Player Award:
Mbappé was awarded the Best Young Player of the tournament for his silky smooth moves, clutch goals and more. pic.twitter.com/1sevK2WhWg
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 16, 2018
The teenager then made waves when it was reported that he would donate all his earnings from the World Cup to Premiers de Cordee, an organization that gives free sports instruction to hospitalized and disabled children. It also hosts disability awareness campaigns for schools and businesses.
“Kylian, he’s a great person,” Sebastien Ruffin, general manager of Premiers de Cordee, told Le Parisien. “When his schedule allows it, he intervenes for us with pleasure. He has a very good [relationship] with children, he always finds the right [words] to encourage them. I sometimes even feel that [he] takes more pleasure to play with the kids than the kids themselves.”
OUR LOVE 🇫🇷🏆⭐️⭐️ https://t.co/fKz7iC6GNQ
— Premiers de Cordée (@PremiersdCordee) July 15, 2018
According to Sports Illustrated, Mbappe earned more than $139,000 for playing seven World Cup games (more than $19k per game), as well as a $310,000 bonus for winning the championship.
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” — Proverbs 11:25
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