Paul Pogba Claims N’Golo Kante ‘Deserves’ To Win Ballon d’Or Ahead Of Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo
Kante, 30, was in superb form for Chelsea during their Champions League success last season.
The French midfielder scooped the man of the match award in both semi-final ties against Real Madrid.
Now, Pogba believes that Kante is in a strong enough position to challenge for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award.
The 28-year-old United midfielder added that his fellow France teammate’s case was strengthened with Ronaldo and Messi’s absence from the Champions League semi-finals.
“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.”
Kante could solidify himself as the strong favourite to win the Ballon d’Or with his performances for France in the forthcoming Euro 2020.
“We have a PlayStation team, but it will remain a PlayStation team if we don’t win a trophy,” he added.
“We have to live up to expectations and there’ll be even more expected with Karim’s return. It’s nice to see a team sheet like that… It’s always an honour but you always have to be present on the pitch.
“Being world champions and having a team like that, we will be expected to do even more.”