Brazil legend Ronaldo Nazario has given his reasons as to why Kylian Mbappe should have won the 2022 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in Qatar instead of Lionel Messi.
Argentina won the final on December 18 against France in a match that will be remembered as one of the greatest World Cup games of all time. The former Barcelona star scored a brace while Mbappe bagged a hat-trick as the game finished 3-3 in regulation time.
Both of them scored their respective spot-kicks in the penalty shootout, which finished 4-2 in the South American nation’s favor. On his fifth try, Messi finally got his hands on the FIFA World Cup and took home the Golden Ball, the award handed to the competition’s best player.
He scored seven goals and provided three assists throughout the competition. Mbappe, meanwhile, won the Golden Boot by scoring eight times in Qatar.
According to Ronaldo, who won the 1994 and 2002 FIFA World Cup with Brazil, Mbappe deserved the Golden Ball award over his Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) teammate.
“The player who impressed me the most is Kylian Mbappé. He had an excellent World Cup, from the first match to the final. Even when he hasn’t scored, be it against England in the quarter-finals or against Morocco in the semi-finals, he has always performed well delivering assists.”
The former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker added:
“And in the final, he was extraordinary in scoring four goals because I also counted his shots on goal. Technically, he’s above the pack, he’s almost unstoppable and he should have been named the World Cup’s best player because he richly deserves it.”