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Throughout the World Cup, 19-year-old Kylian Mbappé showed why he was worth over $200 million to PSG last summer, displaying his unique blend of speed and skill to overwhelm the living hell out of his opponents. Though still very much a teenager, he was France’s focal point on the attack, serving as a crucial reprieve from manager Didier Deschamps’ normally plodding, football with the handbreak on style of offense.

Despite Deschamps’ tactical ineptitudes, he at least knew who his star was, and where the ball needed to go. In a video released Wednesday of Deschamps’ halftime talk during Sunday’s World Cup Final, he made that much clear:

DESCHAMPS: When you have the ball, if someone is on you, there’s another one coming. Give it. As soon as you can. Give it to Kylian.


The rest of the video is actually pretty damn good and pretty damn illuminating—I recommend watching it all. That part in particular, though, shows who the true star of the World Cup was. And he’s not even old enough to buy cigarettes in New York.

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