Kylian Mbappe: When France Superstar Was Gifted Hilarious Mask by His Teammates

Kylian Mbappe: When France Superstar Was Gifted Hilarious Mask by His Teammates

Rene Otinga
updated at June 20, 2024 at 11:19 AM
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  • Kylian Mbappe suffered a worrying injury during France’s opening group game against Austria at the Euro 2024
  • The Frenchman appeared to have broken his nose, and reports claim he will have to wear a protective mask if he is to return to action
  • Fans have emerged with hilarious ideas of the kind of mask Mbappe should wear, based on his uncanny resemblance to a cartoon character

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Kylian Mbappe was on the receiving end of hilarious banter amid a worrying nose injury he sustained late in France’s Euro 2024 opener against Austria on Monday, June 17.

Les Blues kicked off the campaign at the European championships with a win, which was tainted by Mbappe’s nose injury after the Frenchman collided with defender Kevin Danso.

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Kylian Mbappe was once gifted a funny-looking mask by his teammates at Paris Saint Germain in 2017. Photo: Richard Sellers/@433.
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After getting rushed to a Düsseldorf hospital, there were initial concerns that Mbappe would require surgery to correct his nose. However, fresh reports claim he could return to action sooner than possible.

The new Real Madrid man saw the funny side to his injury as he asked fans to give him suggestions on what kind of mask he should wear, inevitably eliciting hilarious reactions from creative online users.

When Mbappe was gifted a mask

In a strange coincidence, Mbappe was once gifted a mask by his teammates in 2017 during his early years at Paris Saint-Germain.

The video, recently dug up by 433 on X, showed Mbappe receiving a Dior box, with his teammates anxiously waiting for the forward to open his ‘gift’.

Upon opening the box, Mbappe pulled out a mask from the famous cartoon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mask as his teammates laughed at the superstar.

The running gag, which is still prevalent to this day, is that Mbappe’s facial build resembles that of a ‘Ninja Turtle’.

Mbappe drops hint on return from injury

Mbappe recently resumed training just days after his facial injury.

He was pictured at France’s training base in Paderborn on Wednesday with a protective covering on his nose. According to The Independent, the 25-year-old trained away from the squad before taking part in shooting drills.

Mbappe warned by professional boxer

Sports Brief earlier reported that a former boxer, who has suffered 15 nose fractures himself, issued a stark warning to Kylian Mbappe after the French star sustained a severe injury during the Euros.

Jero Garcia painted a grim outlook for Mbappe's Euro prospects, cautioning that the footballer could face significant breathing issues due to his injury.

According to Garcia, Mbappe’s recovery would be complicated because he appeared to suffer a ‘deviation’ on his nose, which would likely lead to congestion.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and