Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has admitted that it was a “dream” to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or 2021.
Mount has had a implausible yr serving to the Blues attain the Champions League ultimate – the place they beat Manchester City 1-0 due to a Kai Havertz strike – and likewise made a distinguished place when England misplaced within the Euro 2020 ultimate on penalties.
His reveals noticed him on the Ballon d’Or record, together with a number of of his Chelsea teammates. In addition to Mount, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Cesar Azpilicueta and Romelu Lukaku additionally obtained nominations.
“It was special, I probably found out exactly at the same time as everyone else. So to see it and to see the names, it was obviously a dream,” he instructed reporters.
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“I think in all the years that you work hard and dedicate yourself, to see something like that, it shows that everything pays off. It’s just the beginning – it does not end now.”
In addition to the Chelsea Quartet, the likes of Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Kevin De Bruyne have been additionally on the gong record.
Messi and Lewandowski are anticipated to battle for the prize, even though it has been demanded that Jorginho be acknowledged after successful each the Champions League and the European Championship 2021.
Kante, who critically impressed within the UCL ultimate, additionally has a probability exterior, as does the extremely constant Karim Benzema.
Against this fierce competitors, Mount laughed at his possibilities of changing into the primary English Ballon d’Or winner since Michael Owen received the prize in 2001.
“I doubt it, but you never know!” he added.
“The most important thing for me is that I continue to reach the levels I have set before and go even further. It has always been my mentality and hopefully it will continue.”