$200 million soccer superstar Kylian Mbappe hits a 40-yard FG attempt with the help of Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp
Kylian Mbappe, the star striker of French football team Paris Saint-Germain, is one of the premier stars of the game worldwide. If ever football does not suit him, he could have a career in other football.
In a viral video on the official NFL account, the soccer superstar illustrated the connection between what Brits call football and what Americans call football.
Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp, fresh off a three-year overtime and that Super Bowl win, knelt down to hold the ball for the PSG star. Mbappe, from a few steps back, slid in and kicked the ball.
He flew past the closely watching camera crew and ducked into the net for an easy 40-yard field goal. The pair were at SoFi Stadium in California, home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.
Mbappe appeared to kick the ball with ease, suggesting he might be able to nail even longer goals. He didn’t even start as far as most kickers. So, with more momentum, who knows how far the ball would go?
The crossover between football and soccer has long helped football teams. Many NFL kickers, perhaps most notably Josh Lambo, played football before getting into football.
In high school and even college, the kicker of a football team is often a primarily football player who lends his talents to the football team.
Kickers occupy an important position on the football field that is often overlooked, but the ability to score field goals can directly lead to wins and inability can lead to losses.
Kylian Mbappé’s rise to fame
There’s a good reason why Kylian Mbappe was chosen to do this promo video with Cooper Kupp. Besides perhaps Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Mbappe is the most famous footballer in the world.
He is also one of the highest paid footballers in the world, earning $23 million a year. He rose to prominence through an incredible run with France at the 2018 World Cup.
The Frenchman has become the second youngest footballer of all time, behind the legendary Pele, to win one of football’s most prestigious trophies. Mbappe was 19, making him the first teenager to score at the World Cup in 60 years.
Cooper Kupp’s rise to fame
Cooper Kupp, Mbappe’s partner in the video, had a much slower rise to fame. Kylian Mbappe was 19 when he won the World Cup, but when Cooper Kupp was 19 he was in college at Eastern Washington University, unsure if football held his future.
The Rams eventually drafted Kupp in the third round of the 2017 draft, which turns out to be an incredible steal. In this draft, Kupp was taken after Corey Davis, Mike Williams, John Ross, Zay Jones, Curtis Samuel and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Kupp continued to improve each year until he finally broke in 2021. His pairing with Matthew Stafford proved pivotal as the Rams would go on to win the Super Bowl, in which Kupp notched the game-winning touchdown.