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Kylian Mbappe is reportedly racking up a huge bill of fines for France at the World Cup

George Nash

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Kylian Mbappe is reportedly racking up a huge bill of fines for France at the World Cup

France superstar Kylian Mbappe has reportedly racked up a number of hefty fines already at this year’s World Cup.

The 23-year-old, who became only the second male teenager in history after Pele to score a goal in a World Cup final four years ago, is certainly living up to the high expectations placed on him this time around, after finding the net three times as France topped Group D to set up a last 16 tie with Poland on Sunday.

Despite injuries to key players like Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, the reigning champions remain one of the favourites to go all the way in Qatar.

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The performances of Mbappe will likely prove crucial if Les Bleus are to become the first nation in the men’s game to successfully retain their crown.

But if the Paris Saint-Germain forward, who has also picked up player-of-match awards against both Denmark and Australia, has been doing all his talking on the pitch, then that appears very deliberate.

According to French outlet L'Equipe, Mbappe has made a point of boycotting all press conferences as he looks to concentrate on his own game instead of face questions over his future at club level.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

The lightning-quick attacker also appears to be avoiding any promotion of World Cup sponsor Budweiser, who have their brand printed on all the player-of-the-match award.

L'Equipe point out that Mbappe has hidden their name in every photo with the trophy, supposedly not wanting to be seen promoting alcohol to his global fanbase.

He's also refused to partake in the post-match media interviews which are a requirement for all players receiving the award.

The French Football Federation, however, are believed to be supportive of Mbappe in his decision, and insist they will be paying any fine that is imposed as a result.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

If France are victorious over a Poland side captained by Robert Lewandowski, it could potentially set up a mouth-watering quarter-final tie with England on Saturday.

Gareth Southgate’s men must first overcome the challenge of Senegal who, despite the absence of talisman Sadio Mane, finished runners-up in Group A behind the Netherlands.

Do you think France are strong enough to retain the World Cup? Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Kylian Mbappe, France, Football World Cup, Paris Saint-Germain

George Nash
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