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‘Why I’m a strong contender for this year’s Ballon d’Or award’ — Kylian Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe has explained why he believes is a strong contender for this year’s Balloon d’Or award, Newspremises reports.

On Friday, August 12 2022, France football organizers of the Ballon d’Or published the list of 30-man nominees for this year’s award ahead of the ceremony, with Mbappe making the cut.

The Frenchman will have to will have to battle it out with 19 other notable players like Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Kevin De Bruyne, Vinicius Junior and so on, for the award.

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And in an interview with France Football, Mbappé spoke about the Ballon d’Or, and about his desire to win it for the first time.

“I want to win the Ballon d’Or very soon. Like many. Except that there are perhaps not many who dare to admit it. I’m still convinced that the hardest thing is to win the first.

“I think that my 18-21 year old period allowed me to stabilise in the Top 10. I wasn’t an impactful enough player. For the last two years, I think I have reached a new level, I have a more assertive status on the pitch, I am doing better in the decisive matches. In short, I am a more credible and serious candidate.”

Mbappe’s PSG teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar were not included in the nominees released on Friday.

This would be the first time since 2005 that Messi will not be listed.

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