PSG’s Kylian Mbappe has opened up on being the youngest ballon d’Or nominee and about his desire to win football’s most prestigious individual award.
In 2017, Mbappe became the youngest ever nominee for top 30 of the Ballon D’Or after an incredible breakthrough season for AS Monaco.
Mbappe, youngest player to have reached the 50-goal mark in the top flight at at 20 years, two months and three days, scored 26 goals im all competitions for AS Monaco in the 2016/2017 season.
Speaking in an interview with France Football, Mbappe said “Honestly, I was very proud. I had just come of age and was already associated with these ‘big names’. It may seem anecdotal, but for me it was a serious thing.
“A real step. A bit like a message sent to the football world: Well, now I’m here. I’m one of the best. I received my certificate as a great player. It was official.
“You enter the elite level: those who were once among the thirty best players in the world. It starts to get serious. You belong to an elite, a caste. There are those who belong and those who don’t. And I was one of them. And I was one of them, at 18.” He said
The 21/22 Ligue 1 Uber Eats golden boot winner, said he’s not worried about not winning the football’s most prestigious individual award yet.
“Cristiano started winning the Ballon d’Or, mainly after he was 27 years old. Which gives me some leeway. Maybe I too will win it later, once my career is well advanced.” He concluded.