At just 23-years-old, Kingsley Coman has become one of the most decorated talents in world football, winning an astonishing 15 major trophies, eight of which have come before his 20th birthday.
Kingsley has been a monumental success for both club and country in the last few years, contributing largely to the Bayern Munich’s dominance of domestic silverware in Germany whilst being part of France’s glittering return to the pinnacle of international football.
As Kingsley joins out elite roster of talent, we explore his career to date and what lies ahead for the rest of his exciting season.
EARNING HIS STRIPES
As an aspiring footballer, Kingsley had the same dream that many boys growing up in the southern suburbs of the French capital were desperate to fulfil.
At the age of six, Kingsley was already taking his first steps in the game as one of many prodigies breaking through at US Sénart-Moissy.
Kingsley’s natural pace and skill shone the most amongst his teammates and opponents in the two-years he was with the regional side. This stage of his career proved to be the most valuable as the forward earnt his big break, joining Paris Saint-Germain in 2004.
The move to PSG laid the foundations for the national sensation to prove his unique talent in the club’s academy ranks but the Parisians didn’t hesitate in giving Kingsley his chance to write his name in the club’s illustrious history books.
Before he had even helped the club reach the quarterfinals of the UEFA Youth League in the 2013-14 season, the previous campaign, Kingsley became the youngest player to make his debut for PSG at 16 years, eight months and four days old, still holding the accolade to this day.
Whilst that memorable appearance ended in a 3-2 defeat to Sochaux at the Parc des Princes, Kingsley would go onto lift Ligue 1 twice along with a Trophée des Champions title with PSG.
Despite the comfort of being part of a hugely successful side, Kingsley was determined to push himself outside of his own comfort zone as a new challenge presented itself.
Moving to Juventus on a free transfer and putting pen to paper on a five-year deal in the summer of 2014 showed Kingsley’s determination to succeed in a different country as well as the trust the Italian giants had in their new prospect.
Whilst Kingsley initially played a sporadic role for a side with a wealth of experience, the rapid forward earned game time across multiple competitions including the Coppa Italia, scoring his first professional goal in the last 16 tie at home to Hellas Verona.
The then 18-year-old guided Juventus to the final of the domestic cup competition, defeating Lazio in a 2-1 extra-time victory.
That same month of May 2015, Kingsley made an appearance in the Champions League final, as the Bianconeri were beaten 3-1 by Barcelona in Berlin.
Kingsley’s fortune at Germany’s national stadium would soon change however, after making a two-year loan switch to another of European powerhouse in Bayern Munich despite claiming Serie A and Coppa Italia honours.
The 2015/16 would be a career defining season for Kingsley. Making a total of 37 appearances across all competitions, the winger was destined to take the reigns over from legends Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery in swiftly becoming a Bavarian fan favourite.
The 2015 Golden Boy runner-up netted his first Champions League goal in a 4-0 thrashing of Olympiacos at the Allianz Arena around the same time he was selected by France for the first time for friendlies against Germany and England.
A game that will stay firmly in Kingsley’s mind is the way he single-handedly helped Bayern comeback against parent club Juventus to turn around a 4-2 aggregate deficit.
The match hero assisted a Thomas Muller goal to take the game to extra-time with a perfect cross before a curling strike sealed a 6-4 aggregate win in the quarter finals of the Champions League.
Kingsley’s form at the back end of the previous campaign earned him a thoroughly deserved spot in France’s EURO 2016 journey.
The winger was a regular in the host nation’s progress to the final, appearing in five of Les Blues’ six clashes en-route to the final, suffering extra-time heartbreak in a 1-0 defeat to Portugal.
Despite the disappointment of being so close to lifting the European Championship, Kingsley finished as runner-up for the Young Player of the Tournament award as his name continued to be mentioned in world football’s next generation of upcoming stars.
Bayern were certainly impressed with their player’s performances that summer as the possibility of signing Kingsley on a permanent deal was becoming ever more likely even with Premier League clubs showing interest.
As Kingsley went onto lift his eighth major trophy with Bayern in defeating home side Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park, the club’s dominance of the Bundesliga continued.
The then 20-year-old would keep his place in the side with a change in manager from Pep Guardiola to Carlo Ancelotti.
When completing his transfer to Bayern in an initial deal until 2020, it took just eight months for Kingsley for the club to offer an extension to 2023, confirming Kingsley’s long-term importance to the five-time Champions League holders.
RECENT PAST AND THE FUTURE
Kingsley continues to handle the pressure of playing at Bayern. After claiming his seventh consecutive league title in May 2019, Kingsley lifted his second DFB Pokal a week later, scoring in Bayern’s 3-0 final win over RB Leipzig at the Olympiastadion.
Despite injury troubles along the way, including suffering a knee injury midway through the current season, Kingsley is set to play another integral role in his team’s title-tussle in his anticipated return to action.
Not only will Kingsley be desperate to maintain Bayern’s grasp of the Bundesliga title, a first Champions League title will be on the line with the round of 16 tie against Chelsea to be played in the coming weeks.
Involvement with France’s Euro 2020 squad also lays on the horizon for Kingsley in what promises to be a fascinating next few months for our new client signing.