N’Golo Kante after what he did and contributed to this season? Does he get the golden ball?
The Ballon d’Or award has always had its own luster and condition that no player can describe except for those who have had the honor of holding it.
That award, which was a motivation in a conflict, is the best in the history of football conflicts between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, as the duo holds 11 titles together.
Messi and Ronaldo’s dominance was only interrupted by Luka Modric’s victory in the award and the Corona pandemic that canceled it last year, but this year we may see a new player enter the nominations strongly in order to raise it.
But just being nominated for the award is not enough. Before, Franck Ribery got everything with Bayern Munich and was nominated for it, but she went to Lionel Messi nonetheless.
Kante’s unique case!
It is undeniable that N’Golo Kanté is in a unique situation wherever he is, on or off the field.
The French superstar is diminutive and hard-working and appears everywhere on the field when he is at his best.
Indeed, when Kante is in his condition, it is difficult for any midfielder to match him or be able to surpass him.
As he achieves a unique situation on the field, Kante’s personality off the field is the best among all football stars, and videos from France’s World Cup celebrations and Chelsea’s Champions League are proof of that.
The last domestic season may not have been one of Kante’s best seasons collectively, but individually the player gave everything and his best for Chelsea.
At the collective level, despite losing the English Premier League, the team won the European Cup and Champions League for the first time since 2013.
Kante’s role at Chelsea this year was pivotal in winning the Champions League, especially against Real Madrid and the final.
Kante may not need to be reminded, but the French superstar has been getting acclaim from everyone he comes up with over the past few months.
Exactly as has been the case every time Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi won the most expensive individual award in the world.
The latest to pay tribute to Kante is team-mate Paul Pogba who said: “What I would like to say to the whole world is that the N’Golo Kante version that we have seen in recent months has always been the same. He’s always been that good.”
He added: “Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi reached the semi-finals, so it is good to look at the performance of the midfielders and defenders. I said a long time ago that if Chelsea win the Champions League it would be appropriate for Kante to win the Ballon d’Or, it would be fully deserved.” .
Fear of Ribery’s scenario
Kante may deserve some individual accolades for what he has done this season, perhaps for his total at the end of the season, but at the beginning there may be some doubt.
Kante is not a contender for the award, according to France coach Didier Deschamps, as winning the Ballon d’Or requires a creative player who scores and assists goals.
And we have previously seen a player who gave everything he had with his team and won everything and did not receive the award in the presence of Messi and Ronaldo, it was Franck Ribery.
Ribery’s scenario is not far from Kante, and the alternative this time is ready, which is Robert Lewandowski, or even Messi and Ronaldo if they achieve something with their national teams this summer.
It is inevitable to win the prize in that case
In 2018, the France national team won the World Cup, but its stars missed individual awards around the world, and the ready reason was that the star in that tournament was the team and not just one player, and there was some logic in that.
But this year, after what Kante has already achieved so far, winning the European Nations Cup will be an official announcement of winning the Golden Ball.
Regardless of his creativity, scoring or assisting goals, Kante will be the most influential card of the year for his club or country.
Will Kante finally get the Golden Ball and see him like Modric, Cannavaro and others, or will he meet the fate of Ribery and Griezmann?!