Mbappé believes Ballon d’Or

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Kylian Mbappé is seen on the Ballon d’Or podium and next to him, his teammate and Real Madrid player, Karim Benzema. The French striker gave an interview to France Football just the day after the announcement of the list of 30 nominees in which he appeared as one of the main favorites.

The Frenchman does not see everyone as capable of winning, as he explains using the concept of ‘ballondorisable’, a neologism that tries to define the players who could get to take the big booty. “How many players think they can win from those on the list: “Four or five, no more. And for fifteen years, of those four and a half places there were two safe ones. There wasn’t much room left for the others. To be honest, not all the nominees have the same ambition. For some, being on the list is already a big win. Even an achievement. It happened to me when I started. Then there are the other few, the ‘ballondorisables’, the ones that are different,” he explains.

The one from Paris Saint-Germain does not doubt and even dares to give a possible podium for the famous trophy. According to France Football in its transcript, the French striker thought about it a lot before placing himself at the top along with Karim Benzema and Sadio Mané, now a Bayern player.

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“I would say Benzema, me and Mané”, assured PSG’s 7th to the French magazine without specifying Benzema as the winner. Later, if he had good words and placed him, veiled, as a favorite. “He is 34 years old, he has just had the season of his life, he wins a new Champions League being decisive many times…. If I were Karim and I didn’t win, I would stop thinking about the Ballon d’Or forever”, he assured with a laugh.

Kylian Mbappé has been showing that he could also be among the favorites and, in fact, in addition to seeing himself on the podium, he places himself as ‘ballondorisable’. “The Ballon d’Or is one of the most important events for the best players. We put it on our personal calendar and we put it in the corner of our mind, of course. I now believe that I belong to this elite group of potential winners. I think I have some credibility for this award,” he explained. The player expanded on his answer about his chances and his progression since he started making the charts. “However, in the last two years I think I have reached a new level, I have a more assertive status on the pitch, I am better at playing in decisive games. In short, I am a more credible and serious candidate. Before, I was a curiosity and my Top 10 spot was a reward. Now I want more. It’s a long process. I think now I’m one of four-five names that comes up regularly,” he explained.

“People aren’t ready to hear a player say: ‘I’m in a hurry to get the Ballon d’Or results because I have a real shot at it this year.’ That kind of honesty, I think, would not be welcome. We, the players, would not have the right to think so publicly? There was a time when Cristiano did it, but he hasn’t come off very well. So everyone hides their impatience and his ambition for an individual trophy to avoid being seen as proud. It is strange, but it is a small game that is not harmful and that adds to the mystery of the trophy. “Are you thinking about it or not?” he added about looking favorite, acknowledging it and all that goes with it. In addition, he recognized being able to win it in Paris. From there he will try to try this and the next seasons.

Looking ahead to this season, the striker from Bondy considers that the loss of Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 against Real Madrid with a victory in the first leg for the Parisians and a subsequent white comeback at the Santiago Bernabéu should not affect their classification in the award. He compares his situation with that of Messi in 2021, who was knocked out in the round of 16 precisely against Mbappé’s PSG, and that of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2013, when he was eliminated by Borussia Dortmund in the semifinals of the Champions League. “Leo has already won the Ballon d’Or after being knocked out in the round of 16. I also remember that Cristiano didn’t win much with his team, which didn’t stop him from going for his trophy. You just had to see what they did. It was too much,” he stated.

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