Mbappe maintains that he has done more than enough to win the individual trophy, which is currently held by Karim Benzema. The France international scored 41 goals in 43 games last season, and also contributed 10 assists as PSG won Ligue 1. He also scored eight goals as France reached the World Cup final, including a hat-trick in the showpiece. He is likely to be competing with Manchester City treble winner Erling Haaland and former PSG team-mate Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or, but feels he is the leading candidate.
Mbappe said to the Ivorian TV channel NCI: “Now, yes, I’m thinking about the Ballon d’Or. Even if I’m not thinking about it, people are thinking about me. Because I’m always one of the names that comes up. It’s the people who vote, and I’ve done my bit. My rivals? When you play at the top level, there are only impressive players. To mention one in particular would be to neglect the others. You can name them all yourself. If people think I’ve been impressive? It makes me happy and it gives me the confidence to continue doing what I’m doing.”
Mbappe has informed PSG that he does not intend to sign a new contract and has been linked with a huge move to Real Madrid. He has also been told that he may have to accept a bench role this season unless he makes a U-turn, with PSG digging their heels in and insisting they will not sell him this summer.Mbappe’s future is likely to be the saga of the summer, with PSG set to invite offers for a prized asset if he doesn’t commit to a new contract by the end of the month.