Kylian Mbappe’s blockbuster five-year, $285 million team switch confirmed

Kylian Mbappe signed a five-year deal to move to Real Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain on Monday, describing the move as a “dream come true”.

The announcement is the culmination of Real’s long courtship with one of the most prolific strikers in world football.

“Real Madrid has reached an agreement that the player will be at Real Madrid for the next five seasons,” the club announced.

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“So happy and proud to join my dream club @realmadrid. No one understands how excited I am right now. I can’t wait to see you Madridistas and thank you for your amazing support,” the 25-year-old added on social media Mbappe.

According to Spain, he will earn 35 million euros (A$57 million) per season. That would earn him AUD$285 million over a five-year deal.

Mbappe’s latest contract with PSG, signed in 2022, was a two-year contract worth around €72m before tax, with loyalty bonuses of a similar amount and a buy-in fee of €150m.

Mbappe verbally agreed to move to Real in February before announcing in May that he would be leaving PSG at the end of the season.

Real, who just won their 15th Champions League on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund, decided to confirm the deal on Monday before Mbappe takes part in France’s pre-Euro 2024 friendlies.

Mbappe, who won the World Cup as a teenager in 2018, has scored a club-record 256 goals for PSG since joining the Qatari-owned club from Monaco in 2017 on his first loan.

He eventually moved to PSG in a €180m deal – all at 18. Mbappe helped PSG to six Ligue 1 titles and took them to the 2020 Champions League final, but they lost to Bayern Munich.

In 2022, he scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final against Argentina in Qatar, but still ended up on the losing side as Lionel Messi’s Argentina won on penalties.

PSG have splashed out huge sums to put Mbappe, Brazil star Neymar and Messi in the same team in the hope of finally solving the Champions League conundrum. But the French club ran out.

As Mbappe’s fame grows, so does his importance to the French national team and France to the country.

President Emmanuel Macron intervened to convince him to stay at PSG until June 2022, when a move to Real seemed all but settled.

At Real, who also won the La Liga title from arch-rivals Barcelona this season, Mbappe will form a formidable attacking trio with Brazilian striker Vinicius Junior and England international Jude Bellingham.

A lethal trio of such unmistakable quality is reminiscent of Real’s glittering era with Cristiano Ronaldo, the star of a trio that also included Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

Mbappe idolized Ronaldo as a child, but now he has the chance to emulate the Portuguese forward, Madrid’s all-time top goalscorer.

At PSG, Mbappe was briefly a junior member of the star trio with Messi and Neymar. At Real, Mbappe will be the main scorer.

Real started Rodrygo Goes, 23, alongside Bellingham, 20, and Vinicius, 23, in Saturday’s Champions League final.

In February, coach Carlo Ancelotti was asked how he would welcome Mbappe. “Good players must know how to play together. It’s important to maintain balance,” he said. “For me, the most important thing in a team is quality and balance. If you can combine those two things, you will be successful.”

As part of a remarkable overhaul, the club has already brought in young midfielders to take over from the retirement of Toni Kroos and 39-year-old Luka Modric, namely Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and Aurelien Tchouameni, all aged 25 or under.

They also signed teenage Brazilian star Endricka.

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