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Kylian Mbappe Kylian Mbappe has a Nigerian name, Adesanmi (PA Wire/PA Images)

Kylian Mbappe came into prominence at an early age, starring for the youth academies at AS Bondy, INF Clairefontaine, and Monaco, making his debut as a professional for the reserve team of the latter.

Kylian Mbappe soon became a regular starter and goalscorer for the first team in the 2016–17 campaign, helping the club gain their first Ligue 1 title in seventeen years.

Kylian Mbappe later transferred to Paris Saint-Germain the following season on an initial loan deal, with an option of purchase for €180 million, subsequently forming a prolific attacking trio with Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

Kylian Mbappe made his senior international debut for France in March 2017, after having previously represented them at under-17 and under-19 levels.

 Kylian Mbappe is one of the most sought  after players in the summer transfer market in  Europe.
Kylian Mbappe who is arguably one of the most popular names in world football right now has a Nigerian middle name.

The Monaco star was born with a middle name Adesanmi and while that is clearly a Nigerian name, no ties had been found between the 18-year-old and Nigeria.

Several reports, however, have it that Mbappe’s father Wilfred Mbappe has Cameroonian and Nigerian roots.

Kylian MbappeMbappe is one of the most sought-after players in world football (AFP/File)

Wilfred Mbappe’s Nigerian roots have not been often highlight as he was known as a Cameroon refugee who migrated to France and got married to Algerian-French lady Fayza.

But according to the reports, Wilfred gave his son Mbappe the Nigerian (Yoruba) middle name Adesanmi meaning ‘crown fits me’.

Kylian Mbappe and his father Wilfred MbappeKylian Mbappe, with his father, in Clairefontaine, in May 2011 (Laurent Troude for Libération)

Mbappe’s younger brother also has a Nigerian name, Adeyemi. He also has brother Joris Kembo Ekoko who his dad adopted, a footballer of Congolese descent.

Mbappe’s father has been very influential in his career, being his first coach and currently his agent.

Kylian MbappeKylian (No. 11) at the National Football Institute (Laurent Troude for Libération)

As his agent, Mbappe’s father has a lot on his hands as the youngster has attracted interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe after his breakthrough season for Monaco.

Kylian MbappeReal Madrid have reportedly agreed on a €180m deal with Monaco to sign Mbappe (AFP)

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