Few young footballers create a storm as huge as a then 18-year old striker, who went by the name of Kylian Mbappe, did in the 2016/17 season with AS Monaco.
Born in the French capital of Paris in 1998, Mbappe started out his footballing journey with AS Bondy at the age of six, before joining up with the Clairefontaine academy of France, where he started showing signs of great promise. This prompted a number of clubs to try and capture him, including the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea, but the forward eventually settled down at AS Monaco.
Mbappe broke into the Principality based outfit's senior side in the 2015/16 campaign and made his first-team debut in a 1-1 draw against Caen in December 2015, in the process, becoming the youngest ever player to have represented the club, at the age of 16 years and 347 days, breaking Thierry Henry's record that had stood for 21 years.
The striker just managed a single strike in his debut campaign, but it was in the 2016/17 season when the rest of Europe realized that a star was in the making. Mbappe took the entire footballing world by storm, firing Monaco to the Ligue 1 title and helping them to the semi-final run in the UEFA Champions League, scoring 26 goals in 44 matches in all competitions. Following his exploits with Monaco, Mbappe won the prestigious Golden Boy award in 2017.
As expected, the big clubs of Europe started circling the player in a bid to sign him, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain the biggest suitors. Eventually, Mbappe ended up moving to PSG on a season-long loan in the summer of 2017, with the move set to be made permanent for a fee of €180 million the subsequent season, making him the world's most expensive teenager and the second most expensive player behind PSG teammate Neymar.
A special talent, who has been compared with the legendary Thierry Henry himself, Mbappe has shown that the huge price tag hasn’t weighed upon him at his new club and is surely destined to reach greater heights in his career.