Following France’s historic 2018 World Cup victory, one of the major underlying themes was the global emergence of 19-year old phenom Kylian Mbappe.
Given Les Bleus’ complicated history of the past 20 years, this World Cup win — the first since 1998 — both brings a close to a story of adversity and the beckoning of new hope; Mbappe is at the center of their bright future.
The first teenager to score a goal during a World Cup final since Pelé did it for Brazil decades ago, Nike honors Mbappe’s heroics with a Air Max “1998-2018” Pack. Tracking back to the Air Max shoe of the moment 20 years ago, the Air Max Plus, and one of modern-day representation — the Air Max 270.
Both are colored in France’s team hues with Metallic Gold accents as a companion piece. Moreover, two stars are present to note their World Cup victories in 1998 and 2018, respectively. The collection comes encapsulated in a commemorative box with the French flag at the center of its translucent case.
Without doubt one of the most promising young players since the likes of Ronaldo and Neymar, Mbappe’s continued ascension and partnership with Nike could make him one of the biggest stars in the world. This pack is one of many to come.