Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has admitted it was a “dream” to be nominated for the 2021 Ballon d’Or.
Mount has loved a terrific 12 months, serving to the Blues attain the Champions League closing – the place they beat Manchester Metropolis 1-0 because of a Kai Havertz strike – and in addition that includes prominently as England misplaced within the Euro 2020 closing on penalties.
His shows noticed him shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or, alongside a number of of his Chelsea teammates. In addition to Mount, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Cesar Azpilicueta and Romelu Lukaku additionally acquired nominations.
“It was particular, I most likely came upon at precisely the identical time as everybody else. So to see that and to see the names, it clearly a dream,” he informed reporters.
“I believe for all of the years that you just work laborious and also you dedicate, to see one thing like that, it reveals that every thing pays off. It is simply the beginning – it does not cease now.”
In addition to the Chelsea quartet, the likes of Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Kevin De Bruyne additionally noticed themselves shortlisted for the gong.
Messi and Lewandowski are anticipated to battle it out for the prize, though there have been requires Jorginho to be recognised after he gained each the Champions League and European Championship in 2021.
Kante, who severely impressed within the UCL closing, can be in with an outdoor probability, as is the extremely constant Karim Benzema.
In opposition to this stiff competitors, Mount laughed off his possibilities of changing into the primary English Ballon d’Or winner since Michael Owen gained the prize in 2001.
“I doubt it, however you by no means know!” he added.
“An important factor for me is that I proceed to hit the degrees that I’ve set earlier than and go even additional. That is at all times been my mentality and hopefully that continues.”