Is French Footballer Kylian Mbappé Muslim?

Safiya Rahman

July 12, 2023
Kylian Mbappe with a football in hand

Kylian Mbappé, born Kylian Mbappé Lottin on December 20th 1998, is a French footballer, famous athlete and captain of the France national football team as well as playing as a forward for Paris Saint-Germain.

He has been praised for his exceptional finishing, goalscoring prowess and rose to fame at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Were Kylian Mbappé's parents religious?

Kylian Mbappé Lottin spent his early years in Bondy, France, an arrondissement (suburb) of Paris. His father, Wilfried Mbappé, is of Cameroonian origin and Christian, while his mother, Fayza Lamari, is of Algerian origin and Muslim. Both parents were actively involved in sports; his father was a football coach, and his mother, a professional handball player.

Mbappé was coached therefore by his father and due to his visible talent at the Clairefontaine academy, was scouted by Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Bayern Munich by the age of 11. In 2015, he ultimately chose to settle at Monaco before moving to Paris Saint-Germain in August 2017.

Internationally, Mbappé has played a critical part of the French national team, even helping Les Bleus clinch the 2018 FIFA World Cup. His exceptional skills, combined with his down-to-earth personality, have made him a strong fan favourite.

Kylian Mbappe playing football as a youngster

So, is Kylian Mbappé Muslim?

Whilst growing up in a multi-faith household, Mbappé has always been private about his religious faith. In an interview aired on French television, he has said that he was a follower of Christianity.

However tweets in December 2022 listed Kylian Mbappé's name amongst other Muslim football stars by a verified Twitter account, and there are also videos circulating of Mbappé correctly pronouncing 'Alhamdulillah', although this would be expected growing up with a Muslim mother and given the large number of north African Muslims living in Paris.

Aside from the interview with "Au Tableau", Kylian has never spoken publicly again about his faith, but it's likely the answer to the above question is 'No', that Kylian Mbappé is not Muslim.

Kylian Mbappé playing football for France

Regardless of his faith, Mbappé's impact on football is undeniable. His explosive speed, precise finishing, and admirable sportsmanship continue to dazzle fans and intimidate opponents. He's also known for his philanthropy, such as donating his entire World Cup earnings to charity.

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