3 key benefits Real Madrid can offer Kylian Mbappe

France, Kylian Mbappe (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
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PSG, Kylian Mbappe
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The face of a project

At PSG, Kylian Mbappe is not the clear superstar. That distinction belongs to Neymar. As amazing as Mbappe is and as many goals as he’s scored in Paris, Neymar is the best player on PSG and anybody who has watched their games can attest to this. Whenever the Brazilian is not healthy, the team is completely done for creatively. There are so many matches when he carries the team to greatness and produces magic that, in all honesty, no player on this planet is capable of.

So Mbappe gets overshadowed. He has taken the responsibility of being a superstar for PSG, such as with his hat trick at the Camp Nou. But he’s also had matches where he is overwhelmed, since if Neymar isn’t playing, the supporting cast isn’t up to par. Go watch PSG’s losses to Monaco and Nantes, and you’ll see how a combination of uninspired coaching and underperforming players hurt Mbappe.

At Real Madrid, Mbappe would be the main superstar in town, but he’d also get a supporting cast of elite “role players”. Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Thibaut Courtois, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Rodrygo Goes, Ferland Mendy, Dani Carvajal, and so many others can play supporting roles for Mbappe either by defending, creating, or keeping the play ticking over. PSG have great players, but they don’t have the established role players Real do.

So Mbappe would get to take on the responsibility of being a team’s marketing face and main superstar, without having to feel like he’s set up to fail in a deep end of a pool infested with sharks and radioactive crocodiles. There will be support for Mbappe, but he will unquestionably be the main star.