Wilfred Mbappe, Kylian Mbappe’s father, has made sweeping claims about why his son chose France over Cameroon.
The events that led to the Frenchman playing for Les Blues rather than Cameroon have been blamed on the Cameroonian football association, according to his father.
Despite being born in Paris to a Cameroonian father named Wilfried and an Algerian mother, Mbappe attempted to play senior national team football for the West African country where his father was from.
Wilfried claimed in 2018 that a Cameroon FA official demanded payment before his child could join the Indomitable Lions.
Through Cameroon Concord News, he stated:
At first, I wanted my son to play for Cameroon but, someone at the Cameroon Football Federation charged a sum of money that I didn’t have to make him play. The French didn’t charge anything.
Mbappe was in outstanding form during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, scoring four goals, including one in the championship game’s 4-2 victory over Croatia.
He became the second youngster to score in a World Cup final, following Brazilian legend Pele.
Being a member of the national team is a privilege, and Kylian’s father believes that players should not be paid to represent their country. (The Nation)