The forward has enjoyed a rapid rise to the highest level since his breakthrough with Monaco in 2016, enjoying success both at a club and international level.

Mbappe – player with an exceptional future

According to Andriy Shevchenko, Kylian Mbappe could continue to “win many” Ballons d’Or, who says the French superstar has “an exceptional future.” The forward has enjoyed a rapid rise to the highest level since his breakthrough with Monaco in 2016, enjoying success both at a club and international level. Ukraine coach Shevchenko, who saw the Paris Saint-Germain star draw a blank against his team in World Cup qualifiers last week, believes he can win the most prestigious individual award in football if he continues his current trajectory. Shevchenko told reporters of Mbappe’s talent, three days after Ukraine’s 1-1 draw against France: “We know how fantastic he is. Kylian has an exceptional future. He’s a boy who has to win a lot of Ballon d’Or because he deserves it. The objective for us was not to give him space.”

The French forward is one of the consistent performers in Deschamps’ squad

Mbappe’s ineffective display against Ukraine has become an anomaly for the 22-year-old, one of the most consistent performers in Didier Deschamps’ team since his debut for France in 2017. The PSG forward has scored 16 goals in 40 appearances for Les Bleus, including four in their run to glory at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Mbappe found the net 30 times in 36 appearances in all competitions for PSG in 2020-21, one more than he did in the entire of last season. The former AS Monaco star has recorded 20 goals in Ligue 1 and six in the Champions League, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side still on the hunt for both events heading towards the business end of the campaign.

Mbappe will return to action with his country when they host Kazakhstan in their second Group D game on Sunday. He will be fit also to perform against Bosnia and Herzegovina three days later before returning to PSG ahead of a huge Ligue 1 clash with Lille.