Benjamin Pavard exclusive: N’Golo Kante has six lungs – I hope France win Euro 2020 to get him Ballon d’Or
Benjamin Pavard plays with the top three favourites for the 2021 Ballon d'Or; with Kylian Mbappe and N'Golo Kante for France, and with Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich. The French defender tells Eurosport that Kante deserves to win the Ballon d'Or and knows Euro 2020 victory would strengthen the Chelsea's midfielder's chances.
N'Golo Kante is among the favourites for the 2021 Ballon d'Or
Benjamin Pavard (L) and Robert Lewandowski (R) - Bayern Munich
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Pavard is one of few players to have lined up alongside all three, and having won the Bundesliga with Lewandowski the defender is now out to win Euro 2020 with Kante and Mbappe – a feat which would increase both of their chances of being named the best player in the world for 2021.
“N'Golo is N'Golo. The guy has six lungs. He never stops,” Pavard told Eurosport France's FC Stream Team podcast.
He's a great guy and he proves he's one of the best players in the world. I hope we will win the Euro to allow him to win the Ballon d'Or. He has deserved it so much for a few years, he's a great player. But we are not there yet.
World champions France begin their Euros campaign against Germany in Munich on Tuesday, with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema expected to be fit for the clash despite limping off in their final warm-up fixture against Bulgaria.
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His return to the international fold sees an already star-studded attack strengthened even further, and Pavard said it was a plus to have both Benzema and Olivier Giroud at their disposal.
Pavard added: “We know the quality of Karim. It's a plus for the France team because he's a very great player. But with Olivier Giroud too, things are going very well.
“Benzema is a plus and on paper we have a very big team. But our first quality is the state of mind. We all attack, we all defend. We will have to be as united as in 2018. Because we have talent. I trust.”
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