Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante will win the Ballon d’Or this year, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
N’Golo Kante was instrumental in Chelsea’s Champions League win last season, with man-of-the-match performances in both the semi-final and final matches.
Louis Saha on Kanté: “If he did [win the Ballon d’Or], I believe he would deserve it. There is no player, not even Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi, that has been man of the match in both legs of the Champions League semi-final and final. #CFC
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, on the other hand, had a rough season as their respective teams failed to make the playoffs in their respective leagues. Both superstars were eliminated in the round of 16 of the Champions League.
Former France striker Louis Saha believes Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is deserving of the Ballon d’Or honor. Kante deserved this award after his outstanding efforts for Chelsea previous season.
Saha told GamblingDeals.com in an interview,
“If he [N’Golo Kante] did [win the Ballon d’Or], I believe he would deserve it. There is no player, not even Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, that has been man of the match in both legs of the Champions League semi-final and final.
Dominating midfield alone whilst at the same time helping players move forward. Going forward he was just a force. I haven’t seen anyone do anything like that.”
Kante helped Chelsea more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi combined. Saha
Zaha has also suggested that while some previous Ballon d’Or winners deserved to win, they did not enjoy the kind of season that the Chelsea midfielder had.
“I do remember some other winners of the Ballon d’Or, no disrespect to them and I won’t name names, but earning this prize, this amazing prize without those types of performances.”
“So it would not be a scandal at all if Kante gets his hands on the trophy, he’s been unreal. He plays as two players, playing outside of his role, moving forward and doing things that he’s not supposed to do.”
“Those aren’t the characteristics of Messi or Ronaldo, where they stick to their job, scoring goals and amazing individual things, but it’s also about being able to do both. He’s unbelievable.”
On Tuesday, the Chelsea midfielder put in another strong performance against Germany in France’s European Championship opener. Kante is set to play a key role for his country in their quest for a third Euros title.
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Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are on international duty, representing their respective countries in the European Championship and Copa America, respectively.