Kylian Mbappé Follows Platini, Zidane and Benzema as France’s New Number 10

Certification that he's next up.

March 22nd 2018

Kylian Mbappé has been handed the iconic number 10 jersey by the French National team, where he’ll follow on in the footsteps of some of the game’s undisputed GOAT’s.

Karim Benzema may not be considered one of the top players in the game anymore, but on his day he was one of the most feared centre-forwards in world football, and has won everything possible at club level.

France will be hoping Mbappé replicates the sort of form shown by a certain former number 10-holder, Zinedine Zidane, whose masterful antics in ’98 and 2000 saw he won back to back World Cup and European Champonships with Les Bleus.

He also follows Michel Platini in donning the shirt, who won the EURO’s with France back in 1984 and casually accumulated three Ballon D’or’s.

The most expensive teenager of all time will lead the line for a nation who are amongst the favourites to win the World Cup this summer. France have a squad sheet that, comparatively, is enough to make most England fans wince at the sheer strength in depth on paper.

Being handed an iconic jersey as part of a team that’s expected to go on and win the thing? All in a day’s work for Kylian Mbappé. We eagerly await to see how the 19-year old deals with the weight of a nation with the world watching this summer.