Paul Pogba believes N’Golo Kante deserves to win the Ballon d’Or ahead of superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo and Messi, two of the all-time greats, have dominated the coveted individual award for over a decade.
The duo have shared 11 out of the last 12, Ballon d’Or’s, with Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric the only exception in 2019.
The Ballon D’or is set to return this year after it’s absence in 2020 due to coronavirus, with a 30-man shortlist set to be drawn up in October.
It’s a far more open competition for football’s most prestigious individual award this time out.
And Manchester United star Pogba believes French teammate Kante should earn the prize ahead of Ronaldo and Messi for his Champions League exploits.
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.”
Kante shone in the Champions League final against Manchester City, dominating Pep Guardiola’s men to claim the man-of-the-match award.
He is widely regarded as the best player in the world in his position and also starred in the rounds that preceded the final in Porto.
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Kante played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s second Champions League triumph, as well as reaching the FA Cup final and claiming a top four Premier League finish in Thomas Tuchel’s first season in charge.
He is likely to be a top contender for the Ballon d’Or award should his form continue into this summer’s European Championships.
Kante and Pogba could make a formidable midfield pairing for one of the pre-tournament favourites France.