Didier Drogba Claims 'Exceptional' Neymar And Kylian Mbappe Will Both Win The Ballon d'Or
Didier Drogba will present this year's Ballon d'Or winner with the award in December and the former Chelsea man believes that in the future both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will get their hands on it.
Both PSG forwards have long been toured to take over the mantle from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi when they retire, even if Luka Modric did end the pairs 10 year run of winning the award last year.
Speaking to La Parisien, Drogba added more weight to the idea the two PSG men will win the award, saying, "Neymar and Mbappe will one day win the Ballon d'Or. They are part of this small group of exceptional players. There are very few in the world."
Explaining why Mbappe and Neymar work so well together the 41-year-old said, "Because it is incredibly complementary. Neymar likes to create spaces and take offs. Kylian likes to take these spaces. That's it: Neymar creates and Kylian profits. It works very well. Just watch them when they are together on the ground. They are constantly looking for each other. It's almost the first thing they do when they touch the ball. It is obvious that when they are not on the pitch, Paris is much less strong."
Neymar spent the whole summer expecting to leave the Parc des Princes, as he made it clear that he wanted out of the French capital, but his departure never materialised.
Barcelona and Real Madrid were both heavily linked with moves, particularly the Brazilian's former side, but they couldn't agree a deal with the Ligue 1 champions, who wanted to recoup as much of the £198 million they paid to sign him two years ago as possible.
Drogba believes that it's a good job the former Santos man stayed in France this season, adding, "This is not good news, it's very good news ! At the moment, it seems like it's fashionable to criticise him for everything that happened this summer. But frankly, once he's on the pitch, who can seriously say he does not take pleasure in watching him play?
"The more matches he plays, the more his eyes will change and become what he was before. I'm sorry but what happened this summer is what happens in all the big clubs with all the big players. There are some who want to leave and their clubs want to keep. It's the life of modern football. Frankly, what happened is pretty commonplace. But since it was Neymar, we did not talk about it anymore. This may happen again next season. It's the life of football and the footballer."
Mbappe too has been linked with a move away from PSG, although he isn't outwardly looking for a move at the moment, with Real expected to be a future destination for him.
The two men may both one day win Ballon d'Ors but whether or not they'll be at PSG when they do remains to be seen.