Mason Mount, the Ballon d’Or nominee. I like the ring of that.
Chelsea fans worldwide are hopeful of Mount’s chances of taking home the prestigious French prize. The golden ball would sit perfectly next to Mount’s Champions League medal.
Though the chances are slim, the chance of a Chelsea player winning the Ballon d’Or is higher than it has ever been since Frank Lampard lost out to Ronaldinho back in 2005.
Whilst Chelsea fans remain positive for the Chelsea Academy graduate, rival fans laugh at the possibility. I say If the Ballon d’Or was gifted to one person, based on one moment of their season Mount will be an absolute shoo-in.
Ahead of England’s match against Hungary, Mason Mount took the hot seat in the pre-match conference where he was reminded of his Ballon d’Or nomination alongside the names of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar. When asked about his chances of actually winning, he laughed and said:
“I doubt it, but you never know.” He continues after laughing one last time, “the most important thing for me is that I continue to keep trying to hit the levels that I’ve set before and go even further. That’s always been my mentality and hopefully that continues”.
Modesty is probably one of Mount’s best traits as a footballer. Honest in his response but really and truly, he created one of the best moments in football last season, something special. The crucial pass that sent Kai Havertz off to scoring the only goal in last season’s Champions League final.
I could’ve chosen a couple of moments to be fair, including his winning goal against European giants, Real Madrid in the Semi-Final but the assist in the final was near perfection. On the half turn at the halfway line, Mount looks up briefly to spot Havertz’s run and make a crucial pass – breaking the lines and literally changing the game! A moment of sheer brilliance from the 22-year-old – the execution was absolutely perfect. If Andres Iniesta had made that pass, it would have been spoken about with a lot more volume.
To be fair, if the Ballon d’Or was based on individual moments, there will be a lot of contenders who are not currently on the 2021 shortlist. The first name that comes to mind is Olivier Giroud. His performance against Sevilla in Chelsea Champions League group fixture was insane. He completed the perfect hat trick- left foot, right foot, header. In fact, if we are to take it back to his 2017/18 season with Chelsea where he scored the most confusing goal against Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final, he should have won the Ballon d’Or a long time ago – he literally left every single defender on the floor as he wobbled in and out of tight spaces.
At the end of the day, football’s most prestigious individual honour is based on an entire year of brilliance from an individual. Though his chances are slim, Mason Mount being short-listed is nothing short of deserved.
The young Englishman still has the rest of his career ahead of him and if he sticks to his word continues to keep trying to hit levels that he has set for himself, this will not be his last chance to win the Ballon d’Or. We have faith in him.
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