Havertz can win Ballon d'Or - Matthaus

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Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz can one day win the Ballon d’Or, according to German legend Lothar Matthaus.

Havertz, who turned 20 in June, had a remarkable 2018-19 season in central midfield for Leverkusen, scoring 20 goals in 45 games.

He finished second in the Bundesliga player of the season awards, just behind Dortmund’s Marco Reus, 10 years his senior.

His consistent performances helped Leverkusen to secure qualification for the Champions League, offering Havertz the platform to show him immense talent to a wider audience.

Matthaus, who won FIFA’s World Player of the Year in 1991, believes that Havertz can win similar titles throughout his own career.

The most-capped German player of all time with 150 caps, including appearances at five separate World Cups, Matthaus has been so impressed by Havertz in his formative years.

“He has set the bar very high,” the 1990 World Cup winner told kicker. 

“For me, he was the player of the season, and if Havertz can maintain this high level, with that lightness, cleverness, presence on the pitch and scoring goals, then he could eventually become my successor as a world footballer of the year.”

Havertz’s breakthrough season has already alerted Europe’s top clubs, but he is expected to remain at the BayArena for the forthcoming season.

“He can play in the Champions League, and then he will probably make the move to a very big club,” Matthaus predicted.

“He has shown what he is capable of.”

Further praise for the midfielder has come from his team-mate Lukas Hradecky, who stands between the posts for Leverkusen.

Hradecky says that despite Havertz’s tender years, his prowess and skill means that players are honoured to be on the same pitch as him.

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“Guys here are just happy to play with him,” the goalkeeper said to kicker.

“They want to come to play with him. This elegance, tranquillity, and sense of space usually only happens to players when they are 28-years-old.”

Havertz has already smashed a number of records, becoming the club’s youngest ever league debutant in 2016, and set a new record for the youngest player to play 50 games in the Bundesliga.

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