In an interview with France Football PSG striker Kylian Mbappé revealed his personal top 3 candidates for this year’s edition of football’s most prestigious individual award, the Ballon d’Or. When asked about the potential winners, the 23-year-old gave the following response:
“My top three? I would say Benzema, myself, and Mané”
“I would say that this year is a success for Benzema. He’s 34 years old, has just had the season of his life, has won another Champions League and is often decisive… If I were Karim, if I don’t win this, I’ll stop thinking about the Ballon d’Or forever. (laughs.)”
France Football last night revealed their 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or, with the notable omission of Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi, who will be absent from the running for the first time since 2005.
The list includes four Frenchmen, namely Christopher Nkunku, Kylian Mbappé, Mike Maignan and Karim Benzema.