N’Golo Kante has dismissed ideas he might win the Ballon d’Or following Chelsea’s historic Champions League victory over Man City on Saturday night.
Requires the Frenchman to win soccer’s prime particular person accolade are rising after he put in one other sensational efficiency for the Blues on the showpiece match in Porto, the place Kai Havertz’s first half purpose earned the west London membership a deserved victory.
Kante was relentless, cleansing up Man City assaults and expertly main Chelsea on the counter – a show which earned him one more man-of–the-match award following his two imperious semi-final showings towards Actual Madrid.
Many imagine he’s now a real rival to Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski for the Ballon d’Or, however the 30-year-old, in sometimes humble trend, is adamant his focus now lies solely on France, with the European Championship starting subsequent month.
“It’s superb,” Kante mentioned to RMC Sport on Chelsea’s Champions League efficiency.
“It’s the results of quite a lot of effort, after quite a lot of difficulties throughout the season.
“The Man of the Match award is secondary. The principle factor is the work of the entire group. It’s delight and pleasure. We fought to qualify for the ultimate. Right now, we have now suffered, we have now the reward.”
When requested if he might doubtlessly be nominated for the Ballon d’Or this yr, Kante replied: “No, for the second we’re savouring the Champions League, the Euros are quickly, I’ll be part of the France group and I hope to win that as effectively.”
In the meantime, Kante’s Chelsea and France teammate Olivier Giroud was filled with reward for the midfielder’s excellent show within the last.
“He’s big,” mentioned Giroud.
“He recovered fifty balls, he damage them … I don’t know what to say, this man is unimaginable, he runs all over the place, he makes the distinction, he fills in gaps, he collects balls.
“With him we have now the impression of getting twelve on the pitch.”