Kylian Mbappe, 19, became the second player from France and second in a row to win the Young Player Award at the FIFA World Cup 2018 as France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow, Russia. Four years back, Paul Pogba won the same award.
Mbappe scored four times in seven appearances to help his side lift a second world title, scoring in the 4-2 win over Croatia in Sunday’s final. He is only the fourth teenager to ever play a World Cup final. Not only did he score in the final, Mbappe also gave Argentina a hard time with his brace in the Round of 16 mach.
The award is presented to outstanding young footballers at the FIFA World Cup. Even though this award is meant for players below 21 years and there wasn’t much of a competition for the Paris Saint Germain forward, Mbappe was still the worthy winner of the award.
The award caps a roller-coaster 12 months for the 19-year-old Mbappe, who became just the fourth teenager ever to play in a World Cup final.
And he became just the second teenager ever to score in a final when he scored France’s fourth during their 4-2 victory over Croatia.
The award can only be given to players aged 21 or younger so there wasn’t too much competition for Mbappe but he was still a worth winner.