France wonderkid Kylian Mbappe has shrugged off talk that he could be in contention for the 2018 Ballon d’Or.
After winning a domestic treble with PSG, 19-year-old Mbappe is spearheading his country’s bid for World Cup glory in Russia.
Mbappe has helped France reach Sunday’s final, scoring three goals, and it was put to the teenager that he may be in line to win world football’s biggest individual award if he can take his nation all the way in Moscow this weekend.
But Mbappe is focused on team glory and responded to questions about the Ballon d’Or by telling TF1: ‘I couldn’t care less about that. I want the World Cup. I want to sleep with it!’
France’s only previous World Cup triumph came when they hosted the tournament in 1998, but Mbappe was not alive to see Zinedine Zidane spark wild celebrations in Paris.
He added: ‘I wasn’t born in 1998, so I have never seen people on the Champs-Elysees celebrating.
‘I am going to give everything in this final. We will kill ourselves on the pitch to finish the job.’
France, who beat Belgium 1-0 in Tuesday night’s semi-final, will face either England or Croatia on Sunday.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is favourite to receive the award again after winning a third straight Champions League crown with Real Madrid.
But it is thought that Mbappe or England captain Harry Kane could yet rival Ronaldo by excelling in Sunday’s World Cup final.
Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have duopolised the Ballon d’Or in recent years, with no other player winning the award since Kaka in 2007.