Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe believes Lionel Messi deserves to win the Ballon d’Or in 2019 despite Barcelona’s shock exit to Liverpool in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
The winner of the prestigious award will not be decided until the end of the year. But it invariably comes down to individual successes in the previous full season.
On that criteria, Messi is the obvious favourite given his 36 goals in Barcelona’s La Liga-winning 2018-19 campaign. Barca will also win a domestic double this term if they beat Valencia in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final.
And for Mbappe, there is no doubt the Argentinian superstar should claim the gong in 2019, per MailOnline’s Danny Gallagher: