PSG star Kylian Mbappe reveals the origin of his now iconic celebration… as well as Donatello nickname

A move replayed over and over on TV and social media and copied by kids worldwide.

Every time France superstar Kylian Mbappe scores he slides on his knees, arms crossed, chest and head held high, a determined look on his face.

Yet Mbappe, 19, who lines up for Paris Saint-Germain at Liverpool tonight, admits he nicked the idea from his younger brother Ethan when they were playing Fifa on the PlayStation.

Mbappe revealed: “He scored a goal and celebrated by crossing his arms.

“Five minutes later, he stopped and said ‘Kylian, you could do that in a match.’ So I did it.

“He was happy. I told him: ‘Now I’ve stolen it, it’s mine!’

The celebrations first came to prominence when he scored twice for former club Monaco against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarter-finals in April 2017.

Mbappe added: “So it happened in Dortmund and I did it. He was happy. I told him: ‘Now I’ve stolen it, it’s mine!’”

It is one of several revelations made about the teenage World Cup winner in a new unauthorised biography, Mbappe.

Mbappe, who turns 20 in December, created international headlines last year when it was confirmed he would be moving to PSG in 2017 for £162million, a deal eventually finalised this summer.

According to the book, it was PSG teammate Presnel Kimpembe who came up with the dressing-room nickname ‘Donatello’ – one of the characters from the cult comic book and TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

One day PSG captain Thiago Silva even presented Mbappe with a luxury Dior box containing a purple Donatello mask.

Midfielder Adrien Rabiot reveals: “We gave him the nickname because he looks a bit like a turtle. It was meant kindly, he took it well.”

Though he didn’t seem particularly keen straightaway, he eventually accepted it, saying: “It’s a nickname that made me laugh.

"It’s a good sign of friendship and it helps overcome match tension in the dressing room.”

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