WATCH: World Cup star Mbappe greeted by thousands as he returns to his roots


France’s World Cup star Kylian Mbappe was treated as a conquering hero on Wednesday when he returned to Bondy, the Parisian suburb where his football career began.

Thousands of residents turned out to greet the Paris Saint-Germain striker, back in Bondy for the first time since picking up the World Cup best young player award in Russia. After Pele he became only the second teenager to score in the final as France beat Croatia 4-2 on a heady night in Moscow.

Among those on hand to greet the world’s second most expensive player of all time was Caroline, 28, who spent the time waiting for his appearance breastfeeding her baby. “My son is a fan,” she told AFP. Loufti, 14, said: “He’s an idol, it warms our hearts that he’s still thinking about us, it’s our dream to end up like him.”



Mbappe, who last week made the front cover of Time magazine, talked to kids kitted out in the French colours with the name of their local hero emblazoned on their backs.

“We’ve just seen him in person, I’m not going to wash my hands for weeks!” said one star-struck youngster, Fatoumata, aged 10. “This is the biggest event” in our town’s history, said Bondy mayor Sylvine Thomassin.

Before taking his leave Mbappe told his youthful audience: “Believe in your dreams, I hope one day one of you will be standing here and I’ll come to acclaim you.”




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