French World Cup hero Mbappé returns to hometown cheers in Bondy

Thousands of residents turned out to greet the Paris Saint-Germain striker, back in Bondy on the outskirts of the French capital for the first time since picking up the World Cup best young player award in Russia.

After Pele he became only the second teenager to score in the final as France beat Croatia 4-2 on a heady night in Moscow.

“Kyyyyliaannn! Welcome home” shouted one fan, to which a visibly moved Mbappé replied: “I am happier than you (to be here).

“It’s a privilege to return here amongst you, in my home, here in Bondy.

“It’s the most beautiful present,” he told the crowd packed in to the very ground of Leo Legrange where he first kicked a ball in anger back in 2004 as a youth player for AS Bondy.

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