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Rumor: Mbappe edging closer to historic move to Real Madrid

Buzz and excitement around the upcoming transfer window in Europe is already in full swing after news broke out that French superstar, Kylian Mbappe will likely be joining Spanish La Liga giants, Real Madrid in the European summer.

Earlier in the week, trusted sources within the sports media fraternity reported that Mbappe was set to join Madrid from Paris St-Germain (PSG) after his contract in France expires in June. This comes a few weeks after Mbappe’s camp announced that he will not be renewing his contract with the Ligue 1 giants.

Mbappe, who joined PSG from Monaco six years ago, will be leaving as a free agent and would take a considerable pay-cut if the move comes to fruition. However, despite possibly moving to Madrid as a free agent, as per reports, he will still be a mighty figure amongst the world’s highest earners in sports – taking into consideration that a vast majority of his wealth stems largely from endorsement deals, image rights, salary and the large sign-in on fee he might receive.

Mbappe, sponsored by Nike, Hublot and Oakley, has 100% of his image rights, of which he earns a staggering 20 million Euros per annum from. At Madrid, this might decrease to 80% as the club reportedly has a 50/50 image agreement with its players.

For non-football fanatics who do not fully comprehend how great this move is, not only for Madrid, but for football in general, here are 5 insane stats about the French sensation:

  • Mbappe has scored more than 320 goals in just a little over 400 career appearances for club and country.
  • Despite only joining the club in 2018, he is now PSG’s all-time goal scorer.
  • The former Monaco forward has been Ligue 1 top scorer for five consecutive seasons, a record he jointly holds with Jean-Pierre Papin
  • He is the only player ever to win the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award for 4 seasons in a row.

With stats like that, any football team would be lucky to possess such a talent, which comes as no surprise that PSG owner Nasser Khelaifi has found it so hard to enable the move for so many years despite Madrid’s persistence and Mbappe’s obvious desire.

Whether the winger completes the move this June remains to be seen. But all signs seem to be finally pointing in the right direction. Many experts believe that if the move does not happen now, Mbappe might never see himself play for another football club in his career – something no real football fanatic wishes to see.