One step closer to the keys to the kingdom

At 24 years old, I was in the motions of getting married, trying to find a strong enough footing in the family business, for me to carry the baton for the business to take its next steps of evolution.

I was quite chuffed with myself and my achievements of getting significant life goals negotiated what many would see as the early stages of their life. I know I did.

So the news that France and PSG striker Kylian Mbappe is to become his country’s new captain aged just 24, replacing the retired Hugo Lloris, almost puts my achievement’s into insignificance. Everyone is running a different course from the next person, but Mbappe’s achievements are something to behold.

The boy wonder won the World Cup when he was 19, only Pele is a man to win the trophy at a young age and has scored a World Cup final hat-trick. The last man to do that was Sir Geoff Hurst and we will all know how that game ended up.

Just for good measure, Kylian Mbappe won the Golden Boot too, his eight strikes being the most in a single tournament since the legend Ronaldo scored that amount in Japan/South Korea in 2002.

Much has been made of the young Frenchmen since he signed that new bumper deal at PSG. A deal which reportedly allows the former Monaco man some form of say in footballing matters.

Here’s 35-year-old me who asks his mum if he can play outside. Congratulations to France’s new captain Kylian Mbappe, manager Didier Deschamps who was forced to usher in a new era of Les Bleu’s talent due to their crippling injury list have found the right person.

The leader of this new era of promising stars should be Mbappe, he is France’s best player after all. Qatar 2022 proved it. There are two different kinds of captains.

One kind of captain is the Steven Gerrard kind, the one who takes the game by the scruff of the neck and leads by example. The other kind is like the Patrick Vieira kind, the one who’s a vocal leader and rallies the troops, to help them, to inspire them to be better players.

With Kylian Mbappe, we think he’s a mix of the two. He can rally the troops, but he can also take games by the scruff of the neck and win them on his own.

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