Mbappe Must Leave PSG To Win Ballon d'Or, Mane Performed Better - El Hadji Diouf - Mackenzie Sky Blog - Naija News

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Thursday, 24 October 2019

Mbappe Must Leave PSG To Win Ballon d'Or, Mane Performed Better - El Hadji Diouf

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Kylian Mbappe cannot win the Ballon d'Or with Paris Saint-Germain, according to former Liverpool forward El Hadji Diouf.

The talented 20-year-old finished fourth in the voting in 2018 after winning the World Cup with France.

MackenzieSkyBlog  recalls that Mbappe topped the scoring charts in Ligue 1 last season with 33 goals, but ex-Senegal international Diouf views performances in the Premier League as being more valuable. He believes two of Liverpool's seven Ballon d'Or nominees deserve to join Lionel Messi in this year's top three.

Diouf told Le Parisien:

"I think Sadio Mane had a better year than Kylian Mbappe. 

"He deserves the Ballon d'Or more from a personal and collective point of view.

"We cannot compare Ligue 1 and the Premier League. For me, it would be Messi, [Virgil] van Dijk and Mane, because of the league where they evolve.

"You know that to win the Ballon d'Or, you have to leave France. The only player who managed to win it by being in Ligue 1 is Jean-Pierre Papin. And he played in a Marseille team that reached the final of the Champions League [the 1990-91 European Cup.

"You can lose the final and win the Ballon d'Or, but you cannot if you are eliminated in the round of 16."

George Weah spent half of 1995 at PSG before switching to Serie A giants AC Milan and winning European football's top individual prize.

Diouf thinks the scorer of this week's sublime Champions League hat-trick against Club Brugge can claim the Ballon d'Or several times over if he makes a similar move to a leading club in an elite league.

In May, Mbappe hinted he could be ready for a new challenge, fueling links to Real Madrid.

Diouf added:

"He can win the Ballon d'Or at least five times, because he is so young and has talent,but he has to go to an institution." 

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