France star Paul Pogba gave his views on why Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante deserves to win the Ballon d’Or.
Paul Pogba thinks a first Ballon d’Or award for N’Golo Kante ‘would be deserved’ after helping Chelsea win the Champions League.
The Frenchman delivered man-of-the-match displays in both of Chelsea’s semi-final legs against Real Madrid and in the club’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the final itself last month.
As a result, fans from around the world have called for Kante to win the Ballon d’Or in 2021 ahead of even Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Kante in the Round of 16 2nd leg: Player of the Match
Kante in the semifinal 1st leg: Player of the Match
Kante in the semifinal 2nd leg: Player of the Match
Kante in the final of the Champions League: Player of the Match
Give this man the Ballon d'Or 💙 pic.twitter.com/HEJJP9ypqH
— N’Golo Kanté💙 (@kantemfr) June 1, 2021
But as neither Messi nor Ronaldo reached the Champions League semi-finals last season, a different Ballon’Or winner seems likely at the moment.
“What I would like to say to the whole world is that the “NG” we have seen in recent months has always been the same,’ Pogba told Eurosport France’s FC Stream Team podcast.
“We talk a lot about his performances but he has always been as good as ever.
“There was no Cristiano and Messi in the semi-final, so it’s good to see the performances of the midfielders or even the defenders.
“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.”
Pogba and Kante have teamed up again for France ahead of this summer’s European Championship.