FROM BONDY TO LES BLEUS
"I dreamt of winning everything". Kylian Mbappé's words epitomise the Mercurial mindset. This summer in Russia, he became the youngest player in 60 years to score in the final of the biggest international competition in football—second only to the legendary Pelé. Mbappé's confidence, like his incredible talent, was earned during humble beginnings in Bondy. "We played in the street and we used pebbles as goalposts", he says. "We used to play until the small hours, it was really [about] the pleasure of playing".
The Mercurial didn't invent speed, but it perfected it. With over twenty years of innovation at its back, the boot is a definitive symbol of the fast-footed. "For our generation, I think they are the only boots we know", Mbappé says. "They were boots that everyone wanted. Anyone who had them at training would be a star".
NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR THE GAME
For anyone else, becoming a world champion at age 19 would be enough pressure to crack. But not for Kylian Mbappé. The young French phenom still plays with the joy of a kid who just discovered the beautiful game. For his Racer Blue Mercurial Superfly 'Frenzy', Nike designers tapped into the calming effect of the colour, so he can tune out everything but him and the ball. "I like to be creative on the pitch", he says. "I'm just a child who plays in the same way that he has always played".