Europe Ballon d’or : Rio Ferdinand predicts winner, snubs Mbappe, Haaland and Bellingham

Rio Ferdinand Ballon d'or

Manchester United boss Rio Ferdinand named a potential Ballon d’or winner and it is not Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe nor Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham.

Speaking on TNT Sports on Tuesday night, the former centre-back was full of praise for Jamal Musiala who put down a superb show against Lazio in Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win at Allianz Arena.

The 21-year German talent is able to play almost everywhere in the offensive line and in midfield as well. Qualities which can made of him a Ballon d’or winner in the future according to Rio Ferdinand.

“He’s a fabulous footballer. In a world where we talk about stats and data, he ticks that box, but it’s on the eye test where he comes alive; the way he receives the ball, he’s elusive, he rides a tackle and gets through traffic with HD. He’s a fantastic footballer,” Ferdinand said.

“I think the highest compliment I can give him is that I don’t know where his ceiling is. Most players even at 20/22 years old, you go ‘I think they are going to get to this level and that’s them.’

“This guy has the potential to win the Ballon d’Or. I’ve said it before, he has the potential to do that if the path goes the right way for him and he’s in a successful team. That’s the platform and foundation for that.”


Aimé ATTI is a bilingual journalist who breathes football and shares his passion on Africa Top Sports

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