N’Golo Kante has been linked as the favorite to win the Ballon d’Or
The Frenchman being a defensively midfielder knows the Ballon d’Or hasn’t really favored defensively role players and as such downplayed chances of him being named the winner.
“It’s a bit early to talk about it now. We are in the middle of the year, there are six months left, and lots of matches and competitions to play,” the former Leicester City man said.
“It’s not necessary to say today that I deserve it,” he told a press conference.
“A few years ago I was in the top 10. It was the first time and it was nice. But winning it is another story.
“It’s a great individual reward. I see it as the result of a good season for the players. It’s not a goal I’m working on. Those who won it in the past are players who have achieved great things during their career.”
Recently a poll has been held to determine the most popular French player which saw Kante outrank Kylian Mbappe in the poll.
“I don’t pay much attention and I focus on the goals of the team. It can touch me a little, but we try to do what we have always done,” Kante said.
“Be natural, give the best of yourself on the pitch. As for the praise, it is exaggerated, and it’s not necessary,”