Ballon d’Or 2021: Didier Deschamps names player to win award

France manager, Didier Deschamps has backed Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante to win the Ballon d’Or this year.

Deschamps believes Kante deserves to win the Ballon d’Or following his excellent performances for Chelsea this season.

Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out in 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Kante produced a spectacular display as he helped Chelsea to claim a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League final last month.

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“N’Golo, he doesn’t have the record of a striker. He can score a few goals, but because of what he does, everyone must have watched his last games, especially the Champions League final, N’Golo is also a driving force,” Deschamps told a press conference ahead of Euro 2020.

“The Ballon d’Or? He deserves it. You know the criteria as well as I do, it mainly concerns offensive players. When there was a defender or a midfielder, it was because there was no attacking player who had really marked the football year.

“He is one of those driving forces of the France team too, he has a place, it’s not in relation to his size by saying that he is small, but he is huge.”

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