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Sunday, November 28, 2021

“I was a ball boy”- Young Chelsea star reveals ‘crazy’ feeling of Ballon d’Or nomination alongside Messi

  Mason Mount was nominated for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award after helping Chelsea win the UEFA Champions League and guiding England to the EU...

 

Mason Mount was nominated for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award after helping Chelsea win the UEFA Champions League and guiding England to the EURO final. (imago Images) These numbers and achievements led to him being amongst the 30 men nominated for the coveted Ballon d’Or award. Alongside him are several world-beaters, including one of the most obvious inclusions, PSG star Lionel Messi.

The 22-year-old recently revealed in an interview that during his time as a ball boy, he saw the Barcelona legend during the club’s clash against the Blaugrana outfit in the 2011/12 UCL season. Mount claimed that it is a ‘crazy’ feeling to be nominated alongside the PSG superstar now.

‘When I was younger, I was a ball boy during a Barcelona and Chelsea match at Stamford Bridge and seeing him up close was amazing. ‘To see my name alongside the names I have looked up to all my life is crazy, Messi in particular.’

Dressed in Versace, @masonmount_10 gave us an exclusive look at his Ballon d'Or prize outfithttps://t.co/EyreEBHttP — British GQ (@BritishGQ) November 27, 2021
 
 Could Mason Mount  win the Ballon d’Or?

 The young star is set to wear a tux for the grand ceremony on the 29th of November, an attire he admittedly does not don too often. However, he could stand an outside shout to lift one of the biggest individual awards in the game.

Luka Modric won the award in 2018 after lifting the UCL and leading his country to the FIFA World Cup final. While that may have been the case, there are some outstanding candidates this year, like Messi.

Regardless, this might not be the Cobham academy graduate’s last nomination if his performances are anything to go by. Moreover, he is not the only Chelsea man on the list, with Jorginho, Romelu Lukaku, N’Golo Kante, and Cesar Azpilicueta also nominated for the award.

If any one of them does end up lifting the award, it would make them the first player in the history of the club to win the glorious accolade. Thus, there is a lot to look forward to on Monday. A win for any one of the Blues nominees would be a win for the club as a whole. While the award is for individuals, it is undoubtedly a reflection of a team effort as well.

Chelsea’s UCL run and a late rally to finish in the top four of the Premier League last season was a team effort, where players like Mount, Lukaku, and Kante played a huge part.

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