Jadon Sancho: “I dream of winning the Ballon d’Or”

Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho has got his sights set on lifting the Ballon d’Or award one day himself after being named the world’s best teenage player.

The 18-year-old winger’s rapid rise in the football world has certainly won him his fair share of suitors following his bold move to leave Manchester City in 2017 for Dortmund in an £8m deal.

Sancho has already forced his way into manager Lucien Favre’s plans at BVB and regularly terrorises defences in the Bundesliga with his movement, pace and ball control.

This season alone, the teenager has managed an incredible nine goals and 17 assists in 35 appearances across all competitions in his first full campaign for Dortmund and is now part of the England set-up.

But Sancho, who previously declared Ronaldinho to be his idol, hopes to go much further than what he’s already achieved on an individual perspective by emulating the Brazilian along with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in winning the Ballon d’Or.

“I feel like that should be every player’s goal,” Sancho told Goal.

“Obviously, I dream of winning the Ballon d’Or, given the likes of those who have won it previously, like Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, [Luka] Modric and Ronaldinho.

“All these greats have won it, so I feel like that should be a big inspiration to everyone in the world that plays football.”

Nonetheless, the teenage superstar’s profile received a major boost on Wednesday when Goal announced he had beaten Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior for their 2019 NxGn award.

This is a prize handed out to the best player aged 19 or under each year and has been previously won by Justin Kluivert Jr and Gianluigi Donnarumma.

“It’s a real honour to win this award,” said Sancho.

“There are a lot of great players my age out there and to be chosen the best player of NxGn is really good for me and for my family.

“I’m sure my family will be proud of me, I’m just really honoured. Thank you very much.

“Now I’ve just got to keep working hard. This is not the end of it.”

Goal’s top 10 best teenagers in world football

  1. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
  2. Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)
  3. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)
  4. Phil Foden (Manchester City)
  5. Rodrygo (Santos)
  6. Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)
  7. Sandro Tonali (Brescia)
  8. Diego Lainez (Real Betis)
  9. Moise Kean (Juventus)
  10. Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolves)

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