N’Golo Kante has brushed aside suggestions he could win the Ballon d’Or after Chelsea’s historic Champions League victory over Man City on Saturday night.
Calls for the Frenchman to win football’s highest individual accolade are on the rise after putting in another sensational performance for the Blues in Porto’s flagship game, where Kai Havertz’s first-half goal won the club. West London a deserved victory.
Kante was relentless, cleaning up Man City’s attacks and expertly leading Chelsea over the counter – a display that earned him another man of the match award after his two compelling semi-finals against Real Madrid.
Many believe he is now a real rival to Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski for the Ballon d’Or, but the 30-year-old, in a typically humble manner, is adamant now that he is now focusing solely on France, the European Championship starting then. month.
“It’s amazing,” Kante told RMC Sport of Chelsea’s performance in the Champions League.
“It’s the result of a lot of effort, after a lot of difficulties during the season.
“The man of the match award is secondary. The main thing is the work of the whole group. It is pride and joy. We fought to qualify for the final. Today we have suffered, we have the reward.
When asked if he could potentially be nominated for the Ballon d’Or this year, Kante replied: “No, for the moment we are enjoying the Champions League, the Euros are soon, I will join the team. France and I hope to win this. as well as.”
Meanwhile, Kante’s Chelsea and France teammate Olivier Giroud raved about the midfielder’s superb performance in the final.
“It’s huge,” Giroud said.
“He collected fifty balls, he injured them… I don’t know what to say, this guy is incredible, he runs everywhere, he makes the difference, he fills in the gaps, he picks up the balls.
“With him, we have the impression of having twelve on the field.”