Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has admitted that his former teammate Lionel Messi deserved to win this year’s Ballon d’Or award.
Messi won the prize for a record-extending eighth time last month.
The Argentina captain finished first in the voting, ahead of Erling Haaland of Manchester City and Mbappe.
Mbappe has now said Messi was a deserving winner.
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“Messi had to win the Ballon d’Or; he won the World Cup; he’s one of the greatest in history, if not the greatest for me.
“Haaland had a great season, me too, but next to winning the World Cup, it doesn’t weigh much. Leo deserved it,” he said.