Former Chelsea and Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has overlooked Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho in his selection for the Ballon d’Or winner.
Chelsea’s Jorginho impressed many with his crucial role in circulating possession in the midfield, helping the Blues win the UEFA Champions League and his nation Italy win the UEFA European Championships over the summer.
Another of Thomas Tuchel’s midfielders is on the shortlist as Cobham academy man Mount made the list, he also played a crucial role for the side, often playing just behind the striker and guiding the team to European glory against City in Porto. He was also part of an England side that made the European Championships final.
Both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been regular recipients of the trophy, who have won it 11 times between them in their career. Messi has the most in history with six with Ronaldo in second with five.
Despite their dominance, De Bruyne believes Robert Lewandowski will win the award. Speaking ahead of their trip to Club Brugge on Tuesday, the Belgium international said:“”If I had to choose myself personally, I’m going to look at a two-year period, because we didn’t have anyone [last year].
“I’d choose Lewandowski for what he has done in the last two years – goalscoring wise, and also he’s won a lot with Bayern. He would be my pick.”
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Lewandowski, 33, scored an incredible 41 goals in the Bundesliga last season, breaking Gerd Muller’s previous record of 40 in a single campaign. In 2020, he guided his side to a UEFA Champions League victory as well as winning the Club World Cup, the Bundesliga, the Super Cup, the DFB Pokal and the FIFA Best Men’s Player Award.
The final ceremony for the Ballon d’Or will be November 29 in Paris.