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Kylian Mbappe suggests who he wants to win the Ballon d'Or

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Kaka's Ballon d'Or win in 2007 should really have been appreciated more at the time.

When the Brazilian picked up the accolade a decade ago, little did we know that it was about to become a two-horse race for the foreseeable future.

The award hasn't lost any of its prestige, but it's fair to say it's become a little predictable.

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Gone are the days when Michael Owen could win it.

The only question nowadays is which of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo will be crowned top dog.

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There were few complaints about the Portuguese's triumph in 2016, a year in which he won the European Championships and the Champions League.

Real Madrid are on course for a league and European double this time around, so it would be no surprise if he was named the world's greatest again.

However, a lot of neutrals will be hoping that Juventus can scupper that sequence of events. That's not just because everyone is getting a bit bored of Madrid winning everything; if anyone deserves to win the Champions League, it's Gianluigi Buffon.

Mbappe is a huge fan

The legendary goalkeeper has won a new admirer in Kylian Mbappe, and the Monaco starlet insists the Italian also deserves to be recognised by becoming just the second stopper - after Lev Yashin in 1965 - to win the Ballon d'Or.

"For all of his work, [Buffon] deserves the Ballon d'Or, but I think it depends on the Champions League final," he told Eurosport, quoted via Goal.

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"If Real Madrid win, I think it will be Cristiano Ronaldo but otherwise, I think it would be good for Buffon to win the Golden Ball. "

Judging by the season he's just had with Monaco, Mbappe might just be a future winner himself.

The 18-year-old scored 26 goals in all competitions, helping the principality club to a first Ligue 1 title in 17 years.

It's that kind of form that has made the teenager a target for the likes of Real, and it wouldn't be a surprise if we saw him lining up alongside Ronaldo before long.

Do enough non-goalscorers win the Ballon d'Or? Have your say in the comments. 

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