Kylian Mbappé just made another moment of history.
The true breakout star of this summer’s World Cup has cemented his status as a new sport and culture superstar by appearing on the prestigious cover of TIME Magazine.
Mbappé covers the magazine’s “Next Generation Leaders” issue, which highlights the faces who will shape the world in years to come. The 19-year-old is profiled in a cover story titled ‘Kylian Mbappé Is the New Face of Soccer’, and sees him discuss his come up and adapting to newfound superstardom while still being a teenager.
Speaking to journalist Vivienne Walt for the feature, Mbappé reveals his secret to success:
“I have learned that the biggest stars and the greatest players are the most humble ones, the ones who respect people the most.”
Out now: My @TIME international cover interview on @KMbappe. I asked Mbappé how he's handling mega-fame, at 19. He tells me he clings to home truths from mom, says the key is "respect, humility, lucidity." Merci Kylian et la famille Mbappé. pic.twitter.com/lbMSO0u5xH
— Vivienne Walt (@vivwalt) October 11, 2018
The TIME cover marks another landmark moment for Kylian in 2018 – a year that’s seen him win the World Cup with France and become one of the most recognisable athletes in the game.
It’s Mbappé’s world now. Read his feature with TIME Magazine here.