Jack Grealish reacts to Chelsea star Mason Mount's Ballon d'Or ranking
Mason Mount’s England teammate Jack Grealish has had his say on the Chelsea midfielder’s placing 19th in the 2021 Ballon d’Or voting.
The 22-year-old finished above quite some big names such as Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, and Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes in this year’s Ballon d’Or rankings.
He is also the second-highest English player in the list, below Raheem Sterling (15th).
Mount and the other Chelsea nominees were unable to travel to Paris for the ceremony, so they watched it together at Stamford Bridge, instead.
Mount said in a recent interview that being on the final 30-man shortlist for the award is already an achievement for him.
“To see my name alongside the names I’ve looked up to all my life is crazy, Messi in particular,” the midfielder told GQ Magazine.
“When I was younger I was a ball boy during a Barcelona and Chelsea match at Stamford Bridge and seeing him up close was amazing.”
Unsurprisingly, the comment section of Mount’s latest Instagram post is full of congratulatory messages from some of his Chelsea and England teammates, including Grealish.
“Man in the whistle and flute… Fully deserved brother,” the latter said on Instagram.
Mount is of course not the only Chelsea player nominated for the award.
Jorginho finished highest among the Chelsea nominees in third-place, while his midfield partner N’Golo Kante is ranked fifth.
Romelu Lukaku finished 12th, while Cesar Azpilicueta shared 29th place with Real Madrid’s Luka Modric.
Unfortunately, Edouard Mendy, who was among the favourites to win the Yashin trophy, only earned second place behind Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Chelsea also becomes the first winners of the new Club of the Year award.