By: America Sports Writing
“I would say Benzema, me and Mané”, he replied when asked by his top 3
Kylian Mbappe placed himself on the podium of the next Golden Ballbehind the immense favorite Karim Benzema and together with the Senegalese Sadio Mané, affirmed the French world champion for the magazine France Football.
“I would say Benzema, me and Mané”responded when asked about his ‘top-3’, one day after the publication of the list of 30 candidates.
The 23-year-old Frenchman sees his Real Madrid compatriot conquering the coveted award for the first time.
“Necessarily. He is 34 years old, he has just had the season of his life, he wins a new Champions League being often decisive… In Karim’s place, if I don’t win it, I will stop thinking about the Ballon d’Or forever! !”, Mbappé told the magazine organizing the award.
The Golden Balldelivered on October 17 in Paris, changed the format for this edition: it no longer crowns the best player of the calendar year but of the sports season, prioritizing “individual performances” and the “decisive and impressive character” of the candidates.
Mbappé, author in 2021-22 of 39 goals and 26 assists with his team in all competitions, however did not win the European Cup. Benzema won the Champions League and the League, while Sadio Mané won the African Cup with Senegal, the English League Cup, the English Cup and reached the Champions League final.