Kylian Mbappe, a striker for France and a Ballon d'Or contender, nearly signed with Real Madrid before deciding to stay with Paris Saint-Germain.
Just a few months after deciding against joining the Champions League champions, Kylian Mbappe has lauded Real Madrid.
The French international’s contract at Paris Saint-Germain was about to expire, and he was extensively linked with a move to the Spanish team. But with only a few weeks left in the campaign, he made the decision to agree to fresh terms with Les Parisiens.
“I’m overjoyed to be staying at PSG in France. I’ve always stated that Paris is my home, and I hope that we can keep playing football and winning championships there “After extending his stay, Mbappe remarked. Since then, he hasn’t said much about Real Madrid, but recent remarks show he still has a lot of respect for Los Blancos.
After the 2022 Ballon d’Or shortlist was revealed, Mbappe said to France Football, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo, “Real is a Ballon d’Or machine, we have to acknowledge that.” “There is a lot of true expertise, but the pitch is what matters most.
“You will win the Ballon d’Or, not your club, I promise. I’m still certain that I can win it in Paris one day.
Mbappe has previously had four Ballon d’Or nominations, with each time he placing in the top 10. He came fourth after helping France win the World Cup in 2018, which was the closest he has ever got to winning.
Mbappe is one of the 30 contenders for the 2022 Ballon d’Or, while Lionel Messi, a teammate at PSG, was left off the list. As a result, there may be a first-time champion this year. Mbappe has been advocating for Karim Benzema, a fellow international from France.
“He is 34 years old, just finished the season of his life, and recently won the new Champions League by frequently making the difference. If I were Karim and I didn’t win, I would never again consider winning the Ballon d’Or, “said Mbappe.
While Mbappe finished the campaign with six goals, Benzema finished the competition with 15, despite the fact that he did not score in the Champions League final from the previous season. When the former scored a hat-trick against PSG, he set a record for the oldest player to do so. The very following round, against Chelsea, he added another hat-trick.
Two of the four Frenchmen on the Ballon d’Or shortlist are Mbappe and Benzema, along with Christopher Nkunku of RB Leipzig and Mike Maignan of AC Milan. But Mbappe chose Sadio Mane, a former Liverpool attacker now playing for Bayern Munich, Benzema, and himself as his top three competitors for the honor.