Mbappe believes he deserves the Ballon d’ Or

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Kylian Mbappe asserts his belief that he is worthy of claiming the Ballon d’Or, after an extraordinary season where the forward achieved a remarkable goalscoring feat.

With a tally of 54 goals, including his latest strike in the 1-0 UEFA 2024 Qualifying victory over Greece on Monday, Mbappe has surpassed Just Fontaine to become the highest-scoring French player in a single season across domestic and international competitions.

Following his match-winning performance, Mbappe was posed with a question regarding his chances of being considered for the Ballon d’Or, set to be presented on October 30.

With the award’s parameters now placing greater emphasis on “individual performance and the decisive and impressive character of the contenders,” Mbappe expressed his belief that he deserves to be part of the conversation.

Speaking to TF1, Mbappe said: “It’s always difficult to talk about an individual trophy, because you have to put yourself forward on your own and that’s something that doesn’t necessarily pass in the eyes of the general public.
“The new criteria, it’s about burning eyes, it’s someone who has had an impact… I think I correspond to these criteria, so I would say…yes. But we’ll see.”

After triumphing over the previously unbeaten Greeks at the Stade de France, France further solidified their position at the summit of Euro qualifying Group B, widening the gap to six points. Les Bleus have maintained a flawless record with four victories out of four matches.

Manager Didier Deschamps praised the remarkable resilience displayed by his team, particularly in their ability to bounce back from the heart-wrenching loss in the World Cup final against Argentina.

“We win games, and we keep winning them,” he told TF1.
“Although we could have put the game to bed, because we never know what could have happened in the dying minutes.
“The season was very long for them [the players]. They were craving for holidays, but we did what needed to be done to win this game.
“I’m very happy with what the players showed in this difficult period.
“There was less experience than six months ago [for the World Cup], but there is quality. I’m very proud of what they did.”

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