Gianluigi Buffon has a surprising pick for Ballon d’Or!

Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon has a surprising player, as a pick for this year’s Ballon d’Or!

Gianluigi Buffon has surprising player in mind for Ballon d’Or.

Luka Modric has been something of a surprising pick for the top prizes in football.

He was voted as the best player by FIFA and UEFA, while Ballon d’Or will be decided any time now.

Again, Luka Modric is considered a favorite, but not for Gianluigi Buffon.

Legendary Juventus’ keeper has transferred to PSG in the summer, where he has become something of secondary keeper to Areola.

Speaking for Tout Le Sport, Buffon named a surprise pick for this year’s Ballon d’Or (not Cristiano Ronaldo, or Modric).

“Mbappé is a phenomenon. If he keeps wanting to be the best, if he retains his enthusiasm and continues to behave normally, then he can become that and stay the best for a long time.

“In Italy they compare him to Baggio, Totti, Del Piero, but he has talent and technical quality that I’ve rarely seen in my career.

“For his qualities, what he does on the pitch and how decisive he was at the World Cup he deserves it [the Ballon d’Or]. I can’t say the opposite.”

Interesting pick from Buffon, but Mbappe really had a fantastic season behind him.

“He deserves Ballon d’Or, I can’t say the opposite.”

Still, it would be unlikely that Mbappe would win the award, given that Modric has already won all the big awards and that there were players that were a lot more successful statistically than Mbappe.

Editors’ picks:

Nevertheless, young Frenchman has fantastic future in the game and there is just a question of time before he will get his Ballon d’Or.

Frankly, Mbappe is the real successor to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, as he does big things with ease.

Štefan Japelj

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