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>> This is Bondy, a working-class area on the outskirts of Paris, where teenage French striker Kylian Mbappe grew up. Mbappe is the most talked-about star of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and his gritty home town is following his every move. They've watched him grow as a player and a person.
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>> He is a role model for me, because I say to myself if he made it, why not me, too?>>
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> A standout from Bondy, whose fans say has grown up to reach the soccer World stage with talent and humility. And now they're wishing him and the French team even more success.
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Thirteen-year-old Collin attends the College Jean-Renoir. He's among 25 teenagers who traveled to Russia in June for the World Cup with financial help from Mbappe, French defender Benjamin Mendy, and the French Football Federation.
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Mbappe, who know plays for Paris Saint Germain, helped pay for the trip after one of the school's funding partners backed out. Collin and others got to meet Mbappe at a training session in Russia.>>
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You could already see he was one if not two steps ahead of everybody else, even at his age.>>