Register Login Scores

Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Buffon Names Two Future Ballon d'Or Winners

Legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has revealed two players he believes will win the Ballon d'Or in the future, neither of whom are Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see which players Buffon believes can win the Ballon d'Or one day.

The veteran shot-stopper was speaking in an interview with Eurosport when he singled out former Paris Saint-Germain teammates Kylian Mbappe and Neymar as future winners of the prestigious award.

"During my season at PSG, I had the chance to play with two future Ballon d'Or winners," Buffon said.

"I'm talking about Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. These are two extraordinary talents. They are part of the reason I went to PSG.

"Kylian has the world in his hands. If he says to himself: 'I must win the Ballon d'Or five times in 10 years,' he will do it. Everything depends on him.

"He has technique, talent, and class that I have probably never seen."

Earn Airtime & Data With Soccer Laduma's Social Media App - Download Now 

The 41-year-old shot-stopper also reserved special praise for Neymar, whom he believes to be on par with Messi and Ronaldo.

"I often spoke with him. I said: 'It's incredible, you're 26 years old and you have not won the Ballon d'Or yet'," he added.

"'You should have won it even though there is Messi and Ronaldo. You do not have to wait until they stop because you're as strong as they are. The next five years, you must win three! Three for you and two for Kylian. You have the ability to do it.'"

Read: Buffon Reveals Ronaldo Conversation After 2017/18 UCL Quarter-Final

Buffon returned to Juventus at the beginning of the 2019/20 campaign after making 25 appearances during his solitary season with the reigning Ligue 1 champions.

Do you think Neymar or Mbappe will ever win the Ballon d'Or? Let us have your thoughts by commenting in the section below. 

 

4 comments

Top 5

Chiefs Identify First Assistant For Hunt…

121 Sep 18, 2020 10:26 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

The World's 10 Highest-Paid Football Stars Today

Sep 14, 2020 08:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Pirates Confirm Crucial Jele Development

26 Sep 18, 2020 01:14 PM in Orlando Pirates

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

10 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

OFFICIAL: Sundowns Announce Two New Additions

55 Sep 18, 2020 10:55 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

10 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

Pitso Confirms Chloorkop Departures

76 Sep 15, 2020 07:05 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Chiefs Fans Outraged Over Bold Amakhosi Jersey Making the Rounds Online

26 Sep 18, 2020 05:02 PM in The Best Of The Rest

Hunt’s Representatives Spotted At Chiefs!

141 Sep 16, 2020 07:33 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Done Deal: New Home For Wits Star

10 Sep 18, 2020 12:28 PM in PSL

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

Pay Cuts For Game-Time? Mosimane Speaks!

42 Sep 17, 2020 12:18 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

11 May 20, 2020 08:32 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Monare & Hlanti Released, Chiefs Move Loading?

53 Sep 17, 2020 07:17 PM in Kaizer Chiefs