Conte: Kante will never win Ballon D'or because he is underappreciated


Conte: Kante will never win Ballon D'or because he is underappreciated

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is on the opinion that holding midfielder N’Golo Kante will never win the Ballon D’or due to being undervalued by football journalists.

Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon D’or to tie rival Lionel Messi on Thursday night with Kante finishing eighth, ahead of Robert Lewandowski and Harry Kane. Only two of top seven of the chosen players were more defensively minded – Sergio Ramos (sixth) and Gianluigi Buffon (fourth).

According to Conte, players of Kante’s caliber can never win Ballon D’or due to their 'dirty worker' characteristics, but he reckons managers would choose him ‘best player’ any day of the year.

“Honestly, I don’t know if N’Golo Kante can win the Ballon D’or in his life because of the characteristics of this player.” The Italian boss said.

“[But] for me, he is the Ballon D’or. For a coach, Kante has to win, for every coach.”

Only three defenders have won the Ballon D’or in history: Fabio Canavaro did it in 2006, while Franz Beckenbauer and Matthias Sammer won it for Germany several decades earlier. The only goalkeeper who has managed to win the highest individual prize was Lev Yashin in 1963.

The only defensive midfielder who has won Ballon D'or to date is Lothar Matheus - in 1990.



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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 38 79 100
2 Manchester United FC 38 40 81
3 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 38 77
4 Liverpool FC 38 46 75
5 Chelsea FC 38 24 70
6 Arsenal FC 38 23 63
7 Burnley FC 38 -3 54
8 Everton FC 38 -14 49
9 Leicester City FC 38 -4 47
10 Newcastle United FC 38 -8 44
11 Crystal Palace FC 38 -10 44
12 AFC Bournemouth 38 -16 44
13 West Ham United FC 38 -20 42
14 Watford FC 38 -20 41
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -20 40
16 Huddersfield Town 38 -30 37
17 Southampton FC 38 -19 36
18 Swansea City FC 38 -28 33
19 Stoke City FC 38 -33 33
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 38 -25 31