DECRYPTION – The two most courted young strikers in the world have joined club-states. Anything but a coincidence. A symbol and a confirmation.

With Kylian Mbappé’s extension, PSG enters “a new era“, said the interested party. “My story is not over here“, justified the 23-year-old world champion on Monday at a press conference, claiming to have “still beautiful chapters to writeon the banks of the Seine and, more generally, in France. In fact, it’s not just PSG that is entering a new era. With Mbappé’s extension to Paris (2025) and the transfer of Erling Haaland to Manchester City, “we have confirmation that football has entered a new era and also of its geopoliticization», as stated by Jean-Baptiste Guégan, sports geopolitics consultant and co-author of «The Republic of Football(Amphora editions) with Clément Pernia.

Mbappé and Haaland are indeed the two superstars of tomorrow, the two most promising and courted footballers on the planet, those who are promised to succeed Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the front of the world stage and the highest honors …

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