Mourinho: Ibrahimovic deserves Ballon d'Or

The Manchester United manager feels that his top scorer's incredible form means he should beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the award

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes that star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this year.

Since moving to Old Trafford, Ibrahimovic has become a talismanic figure for the Red Devils, scoring 26 goals in all competitions.

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The Swede also added to his impressive personal honours tally, helping United lift the EFL Cup with two goals in the final.

Mourinho feels that the striker's incredible ability to score goals at 35 years old means he should win the biggest individual awards in world football.

"I think what he has done is amazing," Mourinho told MUTV.

"The number of goals he’s scored, the two matches at Wembley, the trophies, what he is in the group, and what he means. I think he is absolutely phenomenal. No more words. 

"I just gave an interview to a big French magazine with big responsibilities in these big awards, the FIFA Golden Ball and so on. I know about Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

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"I know what they are and what they are doing but I can’t believe this big man, with the career he’s having, I can’t believe he’s never won it. 

"So why not this season, if he can do something special? If he can win more trophies, reach Stockholm and the Europa League final. Why not this man, who is 35 years old, to get that deserved award?"