Kylian Mbappe is currently the toast of the footballing world and it’s now been revealed that Brazil legend Pele has joined the lengthy list of the France and Paris Saint-Germain teenager’s admirers.
Pele, who won the FIFA World Cup a record three times as a player (1958, 1962 and 1970), is widely regarded as the greatest footballer ever.
A prodigiously gifted striker, Pele spent the majority of his club career with Brazilian side Santos, before spending the twilight of his career with the New York Cosmos.
Santos and Pele are thus, synonymous with each other and when the 77-year-old sent a signed shirt for Mbappe, the teen was as starstruck as anyone would be:
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) September 23, 2018
Mbappe, who starred for France en route their triumph at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, is one of the biggest draws in world football at the moment.
However, considering he’s still only 19, he’s got a long way to go and Pele was quick to stress on that fact as he replied to Mbappe’s post sagely:
— Pelé (@Pele) September 24, 2018
Many a precocious talent has burst on to the scene only to waste away their future due to getting too soon too fast and Mbappe will do well to listen to the iconic forward.
It’s been a fine week for the Frenchman, as he was included in the FIFA FIFProWorld XI for the first time in his career due to his barnstorming displays for club and country over the past year.
The teenager, who won the Golden Boy Award in 2017, made the headlines earlier in the summer after it was revealed that he would be donating all his wages from the World Cup to charity.