Mbappe said the Barcelona superstar, Lionel was the favourite to claim the most prestigious individual award.
He said the Argentine had done enough to put himself ahead of other players this season and so deserved the award.
“Messi, despite the elimination in UCL semi-final, it does not change anything. He is the number one,” he told Eurosport.
“He has shown he was the best player this year.
“You have to keep working on the pitch to win it. I still have more work to do before I can win it,” he said.
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