Kylian Mbappe given a hero’s welcome as he returns to hometown of Bondy to celebrate France’s World Cup success
- Kylian Mbappe scored four goals as France won the World Cup in Russia in July
- He returned to his hometown of Bondy near Paris to celebrate on Wednesday
- Hundreds of fans turned up to greet Mbappe at the Leo Lagrange stadium
- PSG star high-fived youngsters and held a photo of him kissing the World Cup
The PSG striker, who impressed for Didier Deschamps’ side with four goals during the tournament, was born in the town near Paris and started his rise to stardom with local club AS Bondy.
After Mbappe played an instrumental role in the final against Croatia, the local council quickly started planning a party to welcome their most famous son home.
Kylian Mbappe holds a photo of himself kissing the World Cup on a visit to Bondy near Paris
The PSG striker high fives a young girl as he enjoys a return to his hometown on Wednesday
Mbappe hugs one of his fans and blows kisses as he celebrates France’s World Cup victory
Locals crowd around Mbappe as he enjoys some time off during the international break
Hundreds of locals turned out to see him in the flesh at the town’s Leo Lagrange stadium on Wednesday, with lucky children joining him on stage to celebrate his achievements during the summer in Russia.
Mbappe was pictured holding a large photo of himself kissing the World Cup in Moscow, high-fiving kids and speaking to his adoring supporters.
The 19-year-old smiled, blew kisses to the crowd and even gave one young girl a hug as he made the most of a day off before linking back up with PSG following the international break.
Mbappe played for 86 minutes of France’s 2-1 Nations League win over Germany on Tuesday night and scored a late equaliser from the penalty spot against Iceland five days earlier.
Mbappe starred at the World Cup, scoring four goals to help France lift the trophy in Moscow
Hundreds of people came out to welcome the young striker back to Bondy, where he grew up
Mbappe greets kids at the Leo Lagrange stadium before linking back up with his club, PSG
Shortly after Mbappe had scored in the World Cup final, Nabil Larbi, a municipal councilor at Bondy’s town hall, toldCNN: ‘Mbappe is a pure product of Bondy.
‘Mbappe is from a mixed family; his father is from Cameroon, his mother is from Algeria and he is a mix of that. This is the image of Bondy and the image of the French team.
‘Now we have to see diversity as a positive thing. When we usually hear about the suburbs, when we hear about Bondy, we hear only negative things.
‘But when you come into Bondy, you realise it’s ‘fake news’ because you are welcome, everybody is welcome. It is pleasant to live in Bondy. I have been in Bondy for 35 years and here I can say that diversity is a strength for the town.
‘This is France, this is Bondy, this is Mbappe.’