Louis Saha has explained how N’Golo Kante is a worthy Ballon d’Or winner after accomplishing something that neither Ronaldo nor Messi have done.
N’Golo Kante’s man of the match awards in both legs of the Champions League semi-finals and the final itself is something even Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have never achieved, says Louis Saha.
The former Manchester United striker is convinced, therefore, that Kante deserves the Ballon d’Or.
The 30-year-old played an instrumental role behind Chelsea’s Champions League success last season. He backed it up on Tuesday by impressing in France’s 1-0 win over Germany in their Euro 2020 opener.
Kante’s achievements have made him a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or, something which doesn’t surprise Saha.
“If he did [win the Ballon d’Or], I believe he would deserve it,” the Frenchman told GamblingDeals.com.
“There is no player, not even Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi, that has been man of the match in both legs of the Champions League semi-final and final.
“Dominating the midfield alone whilst at the same time helping players moving forward. Going forward, he was just a force. I haven’t seen anyone do anything like that.
“I do remember some other winners of the Ballon d’Or, no disrespect to them and I won’t name names, but earning this prize, this amazing prize without those types of performances.
“So it would not be a scandal at all if Kante gets his hands on the trophy, he’s been unreal. He plays as two players, playing outside of his role, moving forward and doing things that he’s not supposed to do.
“Those aren’t the characteristics of Messi or Ronaldo, where they stick to their job, scoring goals and amazing individual things, but it’s also about being able to do both. He’s unbelievable.”
Kante is set to return to action in France’s next Euro 2020 match away to Hungary on Saturday.