Sporting Life

Sporting Life: Fleet-footed Kylian Mbappe's life is changing at high speed

Kylian Mbappe celebrating after scoring their third goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between France and Argentina at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, on June 30, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

The McLaren Senna uses four wheels and a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine to go from 0-100kmh in 2.8 seconds. Very nice. Except the Mbappe, a new model of footballer, uses two legs, ambition and fast-twitch fibre to accelerate dramatically in 2½ strides.

Every day cars growl, horses snort, camels gallop and humans run. We time them, compare them, bet on them and remain bewildered by them. Sometimes the speed that fascinates us is the rapidity with which a life changes in sport. These days you can be famous in no time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2018, with the headline 'Fleet-footed Mbappe's life changing at high speed'. Subscribe