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Mbappe: Champions League glory better than Ballon d’Or


Kylian Mbappe revealed he would rather win a Champions League title than the Ballon d’Or if he had to pick.

At 20, Mbappe is already viewed as a future Ballon d’Or winner in the making following his remarkable rise in the football world in the space of just four years.

With a World Cup winner’s medal and three Ligue 1 titles in the bag, Mbappe has already achieved more than most players manage throughout their entire careers.

The French forward’s strong performances in the past season for Paris Saint-Germain even left the world’s most expensive player in Neymar languishing behind in the shadows.

In total, Mbappe scored 39 goals in just 43 appearances and added a further 17 assists to help PSG to another league title.

And expectations continue to build on his young shoulders, with fans beginning to ponder the next move of his career. So far, Real Madrid appear to be a possible destination as his profile continues to grow.

A move to the Santiago Bernabeu could do the trick in leading him to Ballon d’Or glory in a similar manner to his idol Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the award four times in the Spanish capital.

It turns out, however, that collective honours in a team sport like football are a more attractive option for Mbappe.

When asked to pick between Europe’s biggest club award or individual prize, Mbappe told ESPN: “The most important thing is to win the Champions League because you can win the Ballon d’Or and not stay in history.

“You play with 10 players, you don’t play alone. If it was tennis, I would say Ballon d’Or because you play alone.

“Football is a sport that you play with a team and I think if you want to win the Ballon d’Or, you have to win the Champions League.

“You can’t win the Ballon d’Or without the Champions League now, it’s so important in the eyes of the world.

“I want to win the Champions League first. If I can win the Ballon d’Or, okay, but my objective is to win the Champions League first.”

On the legacy he would like to leave behind, Mbappe said: “I don’t want to be the best ever.

“I want to be proud and do my best. I do everything I can do to have success and to win trophies, collective and individual. To do everything is what I want to do.”

The 20-year-old also singled out the biggest names in modern football.

He added: “Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Zidane, Ronaldinho. They are names that have made history and will never be forgotten.”

ANDORRA LA VELLA, ANDORRA – JUNE 11: Kylian Mbappe of France scores his team’s first goal past Josep Gomes of Andorra during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification match between Andorra and France on June 11, 2019 in Andorra la Vella, Andorra. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)