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Pogba backs Kante for ballon d’Or

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has tipped his countryman N’Golo Kante to win the 2021 ballon d’Or after inspiring Chelsea to Champions League glory.

Kante, 30, won consecutive man of the match awards as Chelsea swept all before them, including Real Madrid and Manchester City, to win their second European Cup.

Though often an unsung hero, Pogba feels the time has come for that to change, noting that the man he won the World Cup alongside in 2018 is ready to be acknowledged as the best player on the planet.

Pogba has told Eurosport: “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.

“We talk a lot about his performances but he has always been as good as ever.

“There was no Cristiano and Messi in the semi-final [of the Champions League], 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 performer well. 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.”

Kante may yet need to have a superb Euros as he is still behind Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe and prolific Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in the Ballon d’Or betting.

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