Ballon d’Or, Mbappé knows his new rival


By: Manu Tournoux

The Spanish international, Rodri, spoke about his wish to win the France Football Ballon d’Or.

Rodri, pillar of Manchester City, had an exceptional season last year, crowned by a historic treble (Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup). His performances earned him a place in the C1 and Premier League team.

He was also voted best player in Europe’s premier competition as well as in the final won against Inter Milan (1-0), also finishing 5th in the 2023 Ballon d’Or rankings. But the former member of Atlético Madrid does not intend to stop there. The Spanish midfielder definitely aims to win the supreme distinction one day.

“For football, it would be an interesting signal”

“We all dream of it. That would be an incredible accomplishment. But I also know that legendary circles have not succeeded. I would love if a defensive midfielder like me could win it, it would mean a lot,” Rodri said for France Football.

And added: “For the winner, but also for the young people who want to play this role and know that they can be recognized other than necessarily being the player who scores or performs brilliant actions. For football, this would be an interesting signal. But I am already enjoying my ranking. Imagine, I can say that I am the fifth best player in the world. »

Rodri is aware that the task will be difficult against competitors such as Jude Bellingham, Kylian Mbappé, Erling Haaland and Vinicius Jr, all tipped to win the trophy of best player in the world. The child from Madrid is nevertheless determined to write his own history and defy the odds.

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