Kylian Mbappe scores first PSG goal as highest-paid player ever
Kylian Mbappe scored a brilliant pre-season goal as Paris Saint-Germain beat Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds 3-0 on Saturday.
The 23-year-old was involved at the start of the move as he hit a back-heeled volley to redirect a Marco Verratti pass to Juan Bernat.
Moments later, Bernat returned the ball to Mbappe who was being marked tightly.
But a brilliant touch with the inside of his right foot and a rapid burst of pace saw Mbappe escape from his marker before finding the net with an emphatic finish from a narrow angle.
Despite the game being nothing more than a friendly, the goal carried some significance as it was Mbappe’s first since PSG made him the highest-paid player in soccer history.
Mbappe signed a mammoth three-year contract at the end of May, days before Real Madrid had been hoping to land him on a free transfer.
According to The Guardian, PSG will pay Mbappe around €250 million during the course of his three-year deal.
Mbappe stayed on the pitch on Saturday until the 58th minute when he was subbed off to make way for Neymar.
Pablo Sarabia and Arnaud Kalimuendo were PSG’s other scorers against Urawa.
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