From ALKALI YUSUF SALISU, Abuja
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has revealed that he is not in the position to win this year’s football most prestigious individual award, Ballon d’Or, since the award is based on individual performance.
The French attacker also said he feels he could win the award in the future as his career progresses.
The 20-year-old was among 30 players nominated for the award, with Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk favourite to win the trophy ahead of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.
Speaking with Ouest France about his chances of clinching the honour, Mbappe said he understands his chances are slim, adding that he didn’t win enough prestigious trophies to put himself among the favourites.
He said, “This year? You have to be realistic, I do not deserve it. There are players who have done more in last season that they deserved to win.”
“With PSG, we did not win all the national titles, in the Champions League, we disappointed.”
“Sure, at the individual level, I did win a lot of trophies, but football is not played alone and must accept it.”
“I still have time to win it, I’m in no hurry, it’s not something that haunts me,” he added.