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Kylian Mbappe has revealed his desire to win this year’s Ballon d’Or, and France manager Didier Deschamps believes he can achieve his goals thanks to his ability to do “extraordinary things” on a football pitch.
Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe played a key role in France lifting the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and he believes he has done enough to throw his hat into the ring.
He told the Agence France-Presse (h/t Goal’s Nick Howson): “If I’m going to win it, I do not know, at least I put all the ingredients on my side to win it. I did everything I could until the last day of the vote. I will have no regrets, all that will happen is a bonus, and then I can not vote instead of people!”
Mbappe is one of seven France players to lift the World Cup this year who have been nominated for the Ballon d’Or shortlist, and Deschamps discussed the 19-year-old star.
Per Goal’s Dejan Kalinic, he said:
“Kylian is able to do extraordinary things. Look at his stats. He is efficient. Look at the goals he scored with his club and with us. He also made assists.
“He is a young player who is doing very well at the moment. And he doesn’t ask anything. He is an offensive leader for PSG. For us as well.
“But he doesn’t try to take more space than he does now. He does already, and it is natural. Obviously, he can still improve and that is wonderful. But he is already very effective.”
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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