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La revista Time elige al futbolista Mbappé como uno de los líderes del futuro

El jugador aparece en una de las tres portadas que el medio de comunicación le dedica a los jóvenes que se preocupan por la sociedad. La actriz Amandla Stenberg y la agrupación de K-Pop BTS le acompañan.

Kylian Mbappé nunca olvidará este año.

En el Mundial de Rusia 2018, el jugador del PSG se coronó campeón del mundo con Francia y ahora aparece en la portada de la revista Time como uno de los grandes líderes de las nuevas generaciones.

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Kylian Mbappé’s breathtaking soccer skills have propelled him to global fame. He earns more money than he could ever have imagined. @nike is designing pricey sneakers in his name. @kingjames wants to see him when he comes to town later that week. And when Mbappé steps out on the street, people beg him for autographs. Then there’s the fact that he’s still just 19 years old. When @k.mbappe scored one of France’s four goals in the FIFA World Cup Finals against Croatia this past summer, he not only clinched soccer’s biggest prize for his country — he also become the first teenager to score in a World Cup in 60 years. As he hurtles toward household-name status, the question looming over @k.mbappe is what kind of a soccer player he will be. For many in France, Mbappé is a living rags-to-riches fairy tale, his story beginning in Paris’ hard-hit immigrant suburbs or banlieues, whose crumbling high-rise blocks ring the city’s glittering core. He donated his World Cup earnings of about $500,000 to a charity teaching sports to sick and disabled children. “My mom has always told me that to become a great football player, you must be before all a great man,” he says. Mbappé is not yet fully a man. And what kind he becomes could largely depend on the choices he makes about how to manage his sudden, huge fame. The world will be watching. Kylian Mbappé is one of the three TIME International covers showcasing the Next Generation Leaders. Read more on Photograph by @christopherandersonphoto—@magnumphotos for TIME

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Cada año, la revista escoge a algunos jóvenes que por sus acciones se perfilan como ejemplos para sus pares en todo el mundo.

De manera que Mbappé no solo está aquí por sus títulos en el fútbol o por su olfato goleador con apenas 19 años. La revista destaca su comportamiento fuera de las canchas.

"Para muchos en Francia, Mbappé es un cuento de hadas. Su historia comienza en los suburbios de inmigrantes más afectados de París, cuyos bloques de gran altura se derrumban en el centro de la ciudad. Donó sus ganancias del Mundial, unos US$50,000 a una organización benéfica que enseña deportes a niños enfermos y discapacitados", destaca el reportaje.

El jugador, que cumplirá 20 años el 20 diciembre, lo refrenda con palabras: "Mi madre siempre me ha dicho que para ser un gran jugador de fútbol debes ser ante todo un gran hombre".

Además de Mbappé, otros rostros aparecen en dos portadas de Time: el de actriz Amandla Stenberg y los de BTS, la agrupación de K-Pop.

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Amandla Stenberg is used to having a spotlight on everything she does. “I’m always walking this precarious line of having my actions over-politicized,” @amandlasponsored tells TIME. “But at the same time, there’s political intention in the actions.” It’s weighty stuff for a teenager, but Stenberg, 19, stands out even in the current ecosystem of socially conscious young performers. She’s more than a movie star: she’s an activist, political pioneer and leading voice of her generation. Although Stenberg got her start in films like The Hunger Games, she went viral over a school project—a video called “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows,” released in 2015, that explored cultural appropriation in a way that was both playful and thoughtful. She talks openly about intersectional feminism and queer identity, building a devoted following on social media—over 1.8 million followers on Instagram. “That’s what I strive for in terms of being [visible] for black girls [and] marginalized people who don’t get representation for themselves in the media.” she says. It’s different when you have millions of fans watching, but that’s not her primary concern: “If that has any sort of political weight or social weight, that’s fantastic,” she says. “I’m still figuring out what box I would like to be defined by,” she says. She reconsiders. “But hopefully, I’ll never be defined by any box.” Amandla Stenberg is one of the three TIME International covers showcasing the Next Generation Leaders. Read more on Photograph by @geordiewood for TIME

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Stenberg, conocida por trabajar en Los juegos del hambre, es una defensora de los derechos de las mujeres. 

BTS, por su parte, ha conquistado el mercado latino y anglosajón con el lema "Ámate a ti mismo", por el que fueron invitados a dar un discurso recientemente en las Naciones Unidas.