There are a lot of great soccer players on the planet right now. That is part of what makes the game so exciting. There are aging supernovas like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Robert Lewandowski that continue to dominate. There are also rising superstars like Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, and Jude Bellingham. Soccer fans have a lot to love and a lot to ponder. One of the biggest dominoes for the next few years has fallen, as Kylian Mbappe announced his plan to stay at Paris Saint-Germain.
This will have a massive impact on several teams for the next couple of years. Already, the betting sites Canada odds have shifted to show just how important Mbappe is to the success of his team next year. It is a monumental contract in a variety of different ways, including the control Mbappe has over his club, how much money he is set to make, and the changes it is set to bring to PSG.
Before we dive into the details of the contract, let’s look at the player himself. Kylian Mbappe is a French wunderkind that could be the best young player in soccer. He is 23 years old and a prolific scorer and passer. Mbappe dominates with speed and skill. He has already led the French national team to a World Cup and has flexed his muscles in Ligue One. He has 119 goals in 142 appearances for PSG and won the Ligue One four of the five years he’s been at PSG.
One thing Mbappe notably hasn’t won has been the Champions League. Paris Saint-Germain has yet to claim the top European trophy, although Mbappe brought them to the precipice. PSG was brought to the Champions League finals by Mbappe, Neymar, and co in 2020, before losing to Bayern Munich. Considering the cost of the team and the level of their talent, it is a disappointment they’ve never claimed Europe’s top trophy.
That is a big reason why many figured that Mbappe would pack his bags and head out of Paris. PSG plays in the lesser Ligue One, they have struggled in top European competitions, and some questioned if Mbappe could reach a world-class level in Paris. One of the teams that many had him penciled in for was Real Madrid.
Following the loss of Ronaldo, Real Madrid had looked like they lost their identity. They quickly regained it and this year won the Champions League. Many figured it was a natural fit that Mbappe would be next in the long line of Madrid superstars. They were a talented team looking for someone to be the face of the club. It seemed like a given that Mbappe would end up on their team. However, his commitment sent their 2022-23 plans into disarray. Now, Real Madrid must figure out a new plan to retain its position.
Mbappe’s new contract is the most expensive in the history of soccer. Essentially, the Qatari owners of PSG will be paying 450 million Euros for the right to retain Mbappe, as well as his salary. There are several ways the contract is paid. First, Mbappe is paid 100 million Euros outright just for agreeing to sign. Then, he will make 50 million euros a year in salary over three seasons. Through taxes and additional deals, this will go up to 100 million Euros in costs for the Qatari owners. They’ll also have to pay Monaco, who initially loaned them Mbappe, a 35 million Euro fee.
All told, Mbappe is making 250 million Euros to extend his contract by three years, an unprecedented amount. But while the financial aspects of the contract are certainly eye-popping, it is the additional negotiations that make this an even crazier contract. Mbappe now has a significant amount of control over the direction of his club.
It is widely reported that Mbappe now has a significant amount of say over the direction of PSG. He can determine things like staff and coaches, player personnel, and more. Because of how talented he is and how important he is to French soccer, PSG almost didn’t have a choice. Losing Mbappe would send PSG tumbling from the ranks of top teams and send one of France’s greatest players ever out of the country.
Loyalty to France was a big part of what led to Mbappe staying, along with the huge money and additional club power. French President Emmanuel Macron had called Mbappe, begging him to stay to liven up the country and city’s soccer. Mbappe eventually agreed.
Kylian Mbappe is one of the best soccer players on the planet, and he’s still only 23. His decision to stay changes the complexion of European soccer for the next few years, although his contract will end in 2025 and the process will start again anew.