Kylian Mbappe admits he will need to produce more solid performances consistently over the course of the next 12 months to win the 2019 Ballon d’Or
The 19-year-old forward won the inaugural Kopa Trophy on Monday night in Paris as the world’s best U-21 male player.
Mbappe then capped off another standout year by finishing ahead of Lionel Messi in fourth-place of the 2018 Ballon d’Or voting panel.
Speaking after Luka Modric was crowned the winner, Mbappe gave his views on what went against him in the votes and how he will go about changing that for next year.
“I did everything I could, but not everything I could to win a Ballon d’Or,” said Mbappe, according to FourFourTwo.
“That’s where the difference lies. I did everything I could, but there were times when I wasn’t decisive.
“It shows me how much I still have to do to win this trophy or it would be too easy to get there and win it all at once. It proves that you have to work and remain humble.”
Mbappe added: “Be decisive from January to December because a Ballon d’Or is decided from January to December. That’s what I missed.
“I had some excuses but a Ballon d’Or has no excuses and I missed some things to get this trophy.”
Mbappe scored 32 goals in 56 matches last season and helped France claim a second World Cup in the summer as well as playing a part in Paris Saint-Germain’s domestic treble.
“I would like to warmly congratulate Kylian on winning the first-ever Kopa Trophy,” said PSG CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
“This year Kylian has really hit new heights, both here at Paris Saint-Germain and with the French national team.
“His progress is one of the most impressive ever seen in football. Kylian has all the assets to win many trophies over the coming years, both individually and for his team.
“Through his work and strength of character, he is a success story not only for the youth and also has an extraordinary ability to inspire our supporters all around the world.
“His family will always be a great support for Kylian and his strong ambitions. We all proudly look forward to seeing Kylian in our colours for many years to come.”
Trophée KOPA 🏆✅ pic.twitter.com/eWAyrgcuGV
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 3, 2018