France and Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has named his favourite to win the Ballon d'Or award this year - backing fellow countryman and Chelsea star, N'Golo Kante to pick up the prestigious honour.
Kante was one of the main reasons why Chelsea won their second Champions League honour in the 2020/21 season, playing a starring role in both the semi-final legs and the final - with the midfielder winning the Man of the Match award in all three games.
Footballing superstars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the award over the past decade with Luka Modric being only player to break their stranglehold in the past decade by winning the award following his heroics for Croatia and Real Madrid in 2018.
Pogba for his part pointed out that neither of the players were in action in the semi-final stage of the Champions League and with Kante expected to play a big role for France in Euro 2020, he must be considered the favourite.
"What I would like to say to the whole world is that the 'NG' we have seen in recent months has always been the same. We talk a lot about his performances but he has always been as good as ever. There was no Cristiano and Messi in the semi-final, so it’s good to see the performances of the midfielders or even the defenders," he told Eurosport France's FC Stream Team podcast.
"I said a long time ago that it would be appropriate, if Chelsea won, for him to win the Ballon d’Or. It would be deserved, too."
It will be interesting to see whether Kante wins the Ballon d'Or award this year, with Zinedine Zidane being the last Frenchman to win the honour back in 1998.