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Pogba backs N’Golo kante to Win Ballon d’or

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World cup winner Paul Pogba believes his France team-mate N’Golo Kante would be a worthy winner of the Ballon d’Or after playing a crucial role in Chelsea’s Champions League victory.

However there were speculations suggesting Chelsea were tempted to cash in on Kante was not true, with the midfielder struggling with a few injuries in 2019-20.

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Kanté stamped his presence all over the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid and was named man of the match for both legs in a 3-1 aggregate triumph.

During the second encounter in London, Kante made five interceptions –also made more passes in the opposition half (25) and created more chances (3) than any other Chelsea player.

Then, in the final itself, Kante won 11 of 15 duels, recovered the ball 10 times for his team, and, as the shortest man on the pitch, won four out of seven aerial duels – nobody on his team won more.

Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0, with Kante a crucial component as Pep Guardiola’s men lost the midfield battle.

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Pogba thinks he is deserving of the most prestigious individual prize of all.

“What I would like to say to the whole world is that the ‘N’Golo Kante’ we have seen in recent months has always been the same,” Pogba told Eurosport.

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

“There was no Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi in the 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.

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“He’s always performed well. I’m not surprised by what he’s doing, I’m just surprised that he’s still doing it. He has always played matches like that.”

 

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