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Kylian Mbappe: Real Madrid announce signing of ‘excited’ France captain

Mbappe shared a photo of himself in a Madrid tracksuit with Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid football player Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe says he has joined “the club of my dreams” after Real Madrid announced they have signed France captain after his contract at Paris St-Germain ended.

Mbappe verbally agreed to join the Spanish champions in February before announcing in May that he was in the final season of his seven-year stay at his homeland’s most successful side.

“A dream come true,” Mbappe posted on X, formerly Twitter, sharing photos of himself wearing Madrid clothing as a youngster, including one showing him in a team tracksuit with the club’s all-time top scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo.

“So happy and proud to join the club of my dreams. Nobody can understand how excited I am right now.”

 

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Mbappe verbally agreed to join the Spanish champions in February before announcing in May that he was in the final season of his seven-year stay at his homeland’s most successful side.

“He comes to the European champions as a world star,” a Madrid statement said, issued two days after Carlo Ancelotti’s squad beat Borussia Dortmund to win the Uefa Champions League.

“At 25 years old, he has just had his highest scoring season with Paris Saint-Germain and has been top scorer in the French League for the sixth consecutive edition”

Kylian Mbappe salary

Mbappe will earn a £106.5 million signing-on bonus spread over five years of his contract and receive 80% of his image rights, according to the Guardian, which said his salary will be between £12.8m and £17m with annual increments.

The deal concludes Madrid’s long-running pursuit of Mbappe, offering PSG around £170 m for him in 2021 and holding talks with the 2018 Fifa World Cup winner before he signed a new contract with Paris in 2022.

Mbappe is PSG’s all-time record scorer, his 256 goals putting him 56 clear of next-nearest marksman Edinson Cavani. He has been their top scorer in every season since making his move from Monaco permanent for £166 million in 2018, including 47 goals in 44 appearances this season.

Previously a French champion in 2016/17 with his former club, Mbappe won six Ligue 1 titles with PSG and the Coupe de France four times.

He reached the Champions League final with Paris in 2020/21 and will surely expect to go one step further with the most successful team in the history of the competition.

One of Mbappe’s fellow forwards at the Santiago Bernabeu, Vinicius Junior, scored Madrid’s second goal as they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the 2023/24 final at Wembley Stadium.

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