Mbappe on Ballon d’Or: If he doesn’t win…


Mbappe sees Benzema as Ballon d’Or favorite but wants to win the title himself one day. Photo: FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images


The Ballon d’Or will be awarded in Paris on October 17th. Kylian Mbappe is just one of 30 nominees for the prestigious award. However, the Paris Saint-Germain striker has a clear favorite – and he plays for Real Madrid.

According to many experts, this year’s Ballon d’Or could go to Karim Benzema. The 34-year-old Frenchman not only won the Champions League and the Spanish championship with Real Madrid, but also recently secured the UEFA Super Cup (2-0 against Eintracht Frankfurt). He has already been named the best player of the past Champions League season by UEFA. Will his first Ballon d’Or follow?

Real is a Ballon d’Or machine
Kylian Mbappe told France Football: “He’s 34 years old, he’s just had the season of his life, he’s won another Champions League and he’s been crucial many times. If I were Karim and I didn’t win, I would stop thinking about the Ballon d’Or forever.” Do players generally find it easier to win the Ballon d’Or when playing for Real Madrid? “Real are a Ballon d’Or machine, you have to acknowledge that. There’s a real know-how, but the most important thing is on the pitch. It’s not your club that’s going to win the Ballon d’Or, it’s you. I always am I’m still convinced that one day I can win it in Paris,” admitted Mbappe, who dismissed Real Madrid in May and extended his contract at PSG until 2025

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