Paul Pogba has tipped international teammate N’Golo Kante to win the Ballon d’Or ahead of Messi and Ronaldo
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba believes fellow compatriot N’Golo Kante needs to be recognized as the best player on the planet after inspiring Chelsea to Champions League glory.
Kante has always seen his value recognized by his club and international teammates, however Pogba feels wining the most prestigious individual award would be an icing on the cake for the Blues midfielder.
The Red Devils star is of the view that it is time to acknowledge his international teammate ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in the year 2021.
Paul Pogba on N’Golo Kante
Speaking to Eurosport “What I would like to say to the whole world is that the ‘NG’ we have seen in recent months has always been the same.
“We talk a lot about his performances but he has always been as good as ever.
“There was no Cristiano and Messi in the semi-final [of the Champions League], so it’s good to see the performances of the midfielders or even the defenders.
“I said a long time ago that it would be appropriate, if Chelsea won, for him to win the Ballon d’Or. It would be deserved too.
“He’s always performer well. I’m not surprised what he’s doing, I’m just surprised that he’s still doing it. He has always played matches like that.”
The 30-year-old is behind fellow international teammate and PSG star Kylian Mbappe and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski in the Ballon d’Or pecking order.
However, a leading role for France in the upcoming Euros would gladly put the Chelsea man in front of the queue for the Golden ball.