​With heartbreak, anger and disappointment starting to set in for France soccer fans, the reality was starting to set in. 


Somehow down 2-0 to Iceland in a home UEFA Nations League game, embarrassment was about to take over the country. A loss to the Vikings? How could this be? But, one man rose above them all, making sure there would be no such feeling. That man is 19-year-old wonder kid Kylian Mbappé, who scored two late goals to secure a draw for his country. 


If you don't know who this young man is yet, either you were sleeping throughout France's entire run to the 2018 World Cup title, or you're just a futbol hater. Regardless, Mbappé has taken the world by storm, showcasing talents for a teenager loyal supporters of the game haven't seen since Brazil's Pele, or Argentina's Diego Maradona. 


Now, Mbappé is making even more history, hitting newsstands this week on the cover of Time's "NEXT GENERATION LEADERS" edition.

Throughout most parts of the world, Mbappé is known as being one of the best young players out there, period. But, to be featured on the American magazine, becoming only the fourth soccer star ever to grace the cover, speaks to how big this phenom has become, but also shows how big he's yet to be. 


His name stole headlines last year, when his club team Paris Saint-German agreed to pay a mind-boggling €180 million to AS Monaco for his transfer. That's $207 million, folks. 


“I have learned that the biggest stars and the greatest players are the most humble ones, the ones who respect people the most,” Mbappé said in his interview with Time.  “You always have to keep some lucidity. There are three criteria: respect, humility and lucidity.” 


To be only 19 and reach his level of success is unheard of. Argentina's Lionel Messi still can only dream of raising a World Cup trophy into the air. Mbappé has that monkey already off his back. 

For PSG his incredible strikes and finishes have become YouTube sensations. In a 5-0 victory over Olympique Lyonnais last Sunday, Mbappé scored four goals... in 13 minutes. 


Remember, PSG is among the favorites to compete for a UEFA Champions League title this season, featuring other superstars like Uruguay's Edinson Cavani, and the oh-so-controversial Neymar Jr. of Brazil. 

In all seriousness, though, things couldn't be going any better for the French national team, or PSG. 


And it's all thanks to the guy who isn't even allowed to legally drink in any state here in the USA. 


“My life has been totally turned upside down,” he told Time. “I am happy, and I am living the life I always dreamed of." 


When Mbappé hits the pitch, all eyes are on him. His stardom is exploding around the globe, and it's only getting started here in the U.S. For all you American soccer fans who have yet to see him play, do yourselves a favor and catch his next match. 


You won't regret it.