• Kylian Mbappe is the world's most valuable football player
  • He could be the next face of Nike
  • Mbappe has an estimated net worth of $45 million

Kylian Mbappe, the world’s most valuable football player, has tested positive for coronavirus. He will not be playing for France national team in their UEFA Nations League match against Croatia.

The news that Mbappe has tested positive while playing with France teammates shocked many but several players from Paris St. Germain have been stricken with the virus in recent weeks. Neymar has also been confirmed to have COVID-19. With the new Ligue 1 season just a few days away from opening, it remains uncertain how PSG could line up, as Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes were also found to be carrying the virus, a CNN report revealed.

Losing Mbappe, at least in the first few weeks, will be a big blow not only to France but to PSG’s campaign as well. He is considered the most valuable football player in 2019, per Goal. The list includes Harry Kane, Neymar, Raheem Sterling and Mo Salah. The categories used in the rankings were age, production and contract value. This means that the French striker is the most logical choice to build a team around, given his production at a young age.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who became the two most expensive players in football history when they signed for PSG in August 2017
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe became the two most expensive players in football history when they signed for PSG in August 2017 POOL / David Ramos

Brands love winners and it is not surprising the 21-year-old has several big partnerships. According to Adweek, he could become the next face of Nike for years. With Cristiano Ronaldo already advancing in age and Neymar rumored to be lacing up Puma next, Nike needs a new face and it could not get better than Mbappe. Luxury watch Hublot has also collaborated with the striker since 2018.

With at least $20 million earnings this year, Forbes ranks the French national team player as the 36th highest paid athlete in 2020. The outlet added that $13 million off his earnings came from sponsorships while his net worth is estimated at $45 million. The former Monaco player also counts Electronic Arts as one of his partner brands, naming him as the next big thing and the face of “FIFA 21.”

What Kylian Mbappe is good at is finding the back of the net and playing beyond his years. He is the youngest player to score for France in the World Cup and the second youngest to score in the World Cup final. With massive success on the field, Mbappe is also making a difference off it. Celebrity Net Worth reports that he donated all his $500,000 World Cup bonus to charities in 2018.

If he remains healthy for most part of his career, he is on track to become the all time goalscorer for the France national team. As one of the brightest young stars of football, the sky is truly the limit for the prolific talisman.