Icon Books to publish the first biography of football’s rising megastar Kylian Mbappé on September 27th 2018.
Editor Michael Sells bought world English rights to Mbappé by Italian sports journalist Luca Caioli and Cyril Collot from agent Roberto Dominguez at ACER Literary Agency in Madrid.
Mbappé’s meteoric rise to footballing stardom has been one of the major talking points of recent seasons, as well as his performance leading France to victory in the World Cup. Having only made his professional debut for Monaco in 2015, aged just 16, by summer 2017 he had already seen a £200m price tag placed on his head.
In his brief career to date he has broken records at a rate matched only by the likes of Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo, with many pundits tipping him to rival their legendary legacies in the years to come. In this first ever biography of the France and PSG star, writers Caioli and Collot examine the story behind the game’s latest superstar.
The publisher said: "Following on from his momentous success in the World Cup recently, we are very excited to be publishing the first ever biography of Kylian Mbappe. We are bringing the original October pub date forward to a provisional date of the 27th of September and we will also be changing the cover so that he's wearing his national kit."
Caioli is the author of Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and Suarez. An Italian sports journalist, he lives in Spain corresponding for SKY Italia and Corriere della Sera. Collot is a French journalist and the author of a number of books about French football. He works for the OLTV channel where he has directed several documentaries about football.
The announcement follows news about other World Cup-related publications. Earlier this week G2 Entertainment and St. James's House Publishing announced that they are to jointly publish the story of England manager Gareth Southgate, while last week HarperCollins revealed it would be rush-releasing a book celebrating England’s “Young Lions” next month.