While there’s much debate with regards to who is the best player in the world, it’s widely accepted that Kylian Mbappé is the undisputed Prince of football. He’s the heir to the Ballon d’Or crown shared by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The World Cup winner is destined to become the most expensive player in the world at some stage during his career, too.
It’s just inevitable.
So how does Football Manager 2020 see the 21-year-old’s career progressing? We simulated the game for five years to discover what happens in the build-up to Mbappé hitting his peak years.
Unsurprisingly, the closest thing the world has seen to original Ronaldo ends up at the Camp Nou. After bossing Ligue 1 for a number of years, Barcelona decided to make the move for Mbappé following his most productive season to date. That year, he scored a remarkable 35 goals in 32 appearances.
The LaLiga giants parted with £186million to secure the PSG man and they proceeded to deploy him on the right side of their attack. He settled into life in Spain well, involving himself in 97 goals in 102 appearances.
Looking at his stats as a 25-year-old, Mbappé has everything you want as a forward. He’s a clinical finisher with adept dribbling, superb technique and the perfect blend of anticipation and composure. A freak of nature in the game, there’s every chance the Frenchman replicates that in real life, too.
What does come as a surprise, however, is that he’s still yet to win the Ballon d’Or on this particular save. Messi continues to dominate the award. But with Mbappé replacing him in the Barcelona team, things could well soon change.