Kylian Mbappe's response when asked about Ballon d'Or after France 1-0 Belgium

Belgium v France: Semi Final - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Kylian Mbappe just keeps wowing fans across the world.

The 19-year-old arrived at the World Cup as a well-known star, but he will leave Russia as one of the top ten players in the world.

He's the favourite to claim the prestigious Golden Ball and after his performance against Belgium, not many could argue against him winning it.

It was display way too mature for a 19-year-old as Mbappe terrorised poor Jan Vertonghen time and time again.

His audacious piece of skill to setup Olivier Giroud in the second-half had everyones jaws hitting the floor.


We're not even sure what that is, but it's just brilliant.

The way he plays has led to comparisons with Ronaldo Nazario, a striker with blinding pace and strength but skill similar to the most diminutive playmaker.

Mbappe is in the bracket for players that could finally break the Ballon d'Or duopoly held by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

But is the French starlet bothered about the personal accolade? You bet he's not.

After the 1-0 win over Belgium, Mbappe was asked by a French reporter about the award and his response was just brilliant.

"I couldn’t care less about that [Ballon d'Or]. I want the World Cup. I want to sleep with it."

That's how a player in Mbappe's situation should think.

His Paris Saint-Germain teammate Neymar has been too focused on the personal award in the last year.


The Brazilian's decision to leave Barcelona for Paris was purely so he could emerge from Messi's shadow to contest for the Ballon d'Or.

It hans't exactly worked.

Given both Messi and Ronaldo's failings in the World Cup, this year's award could be the most open in nearly a decade.


Mbappe, Luka Modric, and Mohamed Salah could all be contenders.

If either Mbappe or Modric lift the World Cup in Moscow, they should be odds on to break the duopoly.

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