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Mourinho to AFP: Mbappé has his Place in the "Ballon D’Or Podium" this Season


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Sat, 23 Mar 2019 03:29 GMT

The Paris Saint Germain superstar, Kylian Mbappé has his place this season "on the podium of the Ballon D’Or" behind the "monsters" Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, said Friday coach José Mourinho in an exclusive interview with AFP.

"He has risen to a very high level, with Neymar unavailable for so long, I think Mbappé will be on the podium for the Ballon D’Or," said the Portuguese at an event organised by his sponsor Hublot, to the Baselworld watch fair in Basel, Switzerland.

"He'll finish the season with the golden shoe (which rewards the top scorer in Europe) and if he does not have it, he'll be close to Messi and Cristiano maybe." He is here, ready to reach the next level, when the two monsters decide to stop, he will be there, "Mourinho said.

The 20-year-old striker has his best statistical season, and is building a golden future, even in the shadow of the Argentinian Barça (31) and the Portuguese Juventus (34).

"When you think about the young players who were world champions, we think about Pele in 1958 (the Brazilian was 17 years old), and Mbappé comes right after, sometimes you can belong to the team that reaches the top. with luck, being present in the right place at the right time. This is not the case. It was very important for the title," described Mourinho.