Kylian Mbappe’s mask at Euro 2024 explained

France’s football sensation Kylian Mbappe isn’t just making headlines for his dazzling skills anymore; he’s now caught everyone’s attention for an entirely different reason following a painful mishap at Euro 2024.

Mbappe’s Euro journey hit a snag when the 25-year-old forward broke his nose in a high-flying clash with Austria’s Kevin Danso during France’s first Group D encounter. Despite initial concerns about his tournament prospects, French Football Federation president Philippe Diallo assured fans that Mbappe isn’t about to bow out just yet.

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“Mbappe’s Euro dreams aren’t dashed,” Diallo quipped during a press briefing the morning after the incident.

So, how does Mbappe plan to bounce back onto the pitch so swiftly after such a rough knock?

The FFF, along with Mbappe himself in the immediate aftermath of the injury, confirmed that the forward will sport a protective face mask.

 

Why will Kylian Mbappe have to wear a mask?

Kylian Mbappe isn’t just making waves with his skills at Euro 2024; he’s now making a fashion statement with a new accessory: a protective face mask. After suffering a broken nose in a tough clash with Austria, Mbappe isn’t taking any chances when he returns to the pitch for France.

The mask isn’t just a style choice. It’s Kylian’s shield against the painful prospect of another bump to the face, which could not only hurt like heck but also cause long-term issues. Plus, let’s face it — a French flag-themed mask? That’s just Kylian being Kylian, always adding a touch of flair even in the face of adversity.

The UEFA rules are clear though: if he plays, the mask has to be plain, dampening Mbappe’s hopes of sporting a tricolor masterpiece on the field. Still, seeing him decked out in red, white, and blue during training just adds to the drama.

But why do footballers even wear these masks? Made from strong polycarbonate, they’re not just for looks. They’re like a mini fortress for the face, allowing players like Mbappe to return to action sooner rather than later. While muscle strains and broken bones might bench others, facial injuries like Mbappe’s broken nose don’t always stop a player from kicking it on the pitch.

Think of it as a goalie for the face. It shields against a repeat injury to the same spot, which is the biggest risk for Mbappe right now. As long as he’s healed enough to handle the pain and the mask does its job, he’s game-ready.

Mbappe’s not alone in rocking the mask trend. At the 2022 World Cup, Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol sported one after a nose job courtesy of a Leipzig teammate’s head. Meanwhile, Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min felt like a ninja turtle with his mask after a tussle with Marseille’s finest left him seeing stars and soccer balls. Napoli’s Victor Osimhen even took his mask beyond fashion, turning it into a statement of security after a face-off with Inter Milan that involved screws and plates. Talk about heavy metal!

So, next time you see Mbappe on the pitch with that mask, know it’s not just about protection — it’s a testament to footballers’ resilience and their ability to turn setbacks into stylish comebacks.