Kylian Mbappe Says Amount of Money in Football Is 'Indecent'

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 13, 2018

CLAIREFONTAINE, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 12:  France player Kylian Mbappe arrives to a training session at the French National Football Team Center in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines on November 12, 2018 in Clairefontaine, France. The French national football team begin their preparation for the upcoming UEFA Nations League match against The Netherlands next Friday.  (Photo by Frederic Stevens/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has said he believes there is an "indecent" amount of money in football at the highest level. 

Mbappe became one of the most expensive players of all time when he moved from Monaco to PSG, and his club is one of the wealthiest in the world. PSG also signed Neymar in the summer of 2017 for a world-record transfer fee.

However, Mbappe said to RTS (h/t Joe Wright of Goal) that he thinks the money in the game is getting to a ridiculous level.

"It's truly indecent for me, who comes from a fairly modest family, It's true that it's indecent but the market is like that. The world of football works like that. I'm not going to revolutionise football. I'm in a system. You have to know how to respect it and to stay in place."

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 6: Kylian Mbappe is presented as new player of Paris Saint Germain by President of PSG Nasser Al Khelaifi at Parc des Princes on September 6, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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 Per Wright, PSG eventually paid around £157 million to sign Mbappe permanently having initially joined on a year-long loan in the summer of 2017. The transfer fee to secure Neymar from Barcelona ahead of the 2017-18 term was £198 million.

Mbappe has shown he has a compassionate side in the past, as evidenced by his donation of match fees to charity at the 2018 FIFA World Cup:

Laureus @LaureusSport

19-year-old World Champion Kylian Mbappé is donating 100% of his pay ($29K per game + $350K bonus for winning the #WorldCup) to a charity that helps hospitalised and disabled children through the power of sport. Already a legend on and off the pitch. #SportforGood #FRA https://t.co/lSvpfG2DSZ

His comments come shortly after a recent report from Football Leaks in Der Spiegel, which suggested he made numerous demands before signing for PSG from Monaco.

In the piece it's said Mbappe requested a clause in his contract that would've seen him become the top earner at PSG if he was to win the Ballon d'Or. 

Per Wright, Football Leaks also alleged that the youngster asked for a five-year deal at PSG worth €55 million (£48 million) after tax, although that was rejected by the club.

Mbappe has been a major success since arriving at PSG and despite still just being 19 years old, he's rated as one of the best strikers in the game. So far this season he's been the most productive player in European football's top five leagues and has a habit of coming alive when the game is stretched:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Kylian Mbappe: Has had a direct hand in more goals (15) than any other player in Europe's top five leagues this season 1st half of games -- 0 goals, 0 assists 2nd half of games -- 11 goals, 4 assists For more player stats -- https://t.co/RHqUfq9MyZ https://t.co/EgHj5jk1S6

The Neymar transfer appeared to be a trigger for inflation in the transfer market, and, as Wright noted, following that deal there were four more transfers completed for fees in excess of €100 million.

The spending doesn't seem likely to stop any time soon either, with more and more money coming into the game giving teams the finances needed to go out and spend big on players. 

If Mbappe ever was to leave PSG—according to Marca's Alberto Rubio, Real Madrid wanted to sign him in the previous window—such is his talent and worldwide profile, any transfer fee would surely eclipse the amount the French giants paid to get Neymar.