French attacker Kylian Mbappe thinks it isn't his time to win football's most prestigious individual award, but he feels he could in the future
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe believes he doesn't deserve to win this year's Ballon d'Or but thinks he could clinch the honour as his career progresses.
The 20-year-old was among 30 players nominated for the award, with Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk favourite to to earn the trophy ahead of Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo. But Mbappe understands his chances of winning the honour are slim and he thinks he didn't win enough prestigious trophies to put himself among the favourites.
When asked if he could win the Ballon d'Or this year, Mbappe told Ouest France: "This year? You have to be realistic, I do not deserve it. There are players who have done more.
"With PSG, we did not win all the national titles, in the Champions League, we disappointed.
"Sure, at the individual level, I did win a lot of trophies, but football is not played alone and must accept it.
"I still have time to win it, I'm in no hurry, it's not something that haunts me."
In 2019, Mbappe lifted the Ligue 1 title with PSG, and won the Trophée des Champions, but the Parisians fell short in the Champions League round-of-16 with the heartstopping defeat to Manchester United and also lost against Rennes in the Coupe de France final.