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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been beyond impressive this season at Chelsea having major impact on their Champions League winning campaign.
His French teammate Paul Pogba thinks the diminutive midfielder deserves the award after his stellar European campaign.
“What I would like to say to the whole world is that the ‘NG’ we have seen in recent months has always been the same,” he told Eurosport.
“We talk a lot about his performances but he has always been as good as ever. There was no Cristiano and Messi in the [Champions League] 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.
“He’s always performed well, NG. I’m not surprised what he’s doing. I’m just surprised that he’s still doing it. He has always played matches like that.”
However, current France boss Didier Deschamps played down Kante’s Ballon d’Or chances.
“I do not know if it is accessible for a player who is not creative, who does not score much,” Deschamps told RMC.
“He can score a few goals and put together a few assists but as a general rule… It has happened, there was Fabio Cannavaro [in 2006] or others back then, like Matthis Sammer [in 1996.]
“As a general rule, in the majority of cases, it is attributed to a creative player.”