Striker Kylian Mbappe thinks he deserves to receive the Silver Ball 2022, behind only the achievement of compatriot Karim Benzema.
“The Top 3 Ballon d’Or are Benzema, me and Sadio Mane,” Mbappe told the media after the Ballon d’Or Top 30 was announced on Aug. 12.
“People may think that players don’t care about individual awards, but in reality we all want them.”
According to Mbappe, Benzema deserves to receive the Ballon d’Or 2022 when he has just experienced the best season of his career at the age of 34, and contributed greatly to helping Real Madrid win more Champions League titles.
“If Benzema hadn’t won this year, I would never have believed in the Ballon d’Or again,” the 24-year-old added.
Mbappe was first nominated for the Ballon d’Or in 2017, and he finished in seventh place. He finished fourth, sixth and then ninth in the following polls.