Mykhaylo Mudryk set to win the next Next Ballon D’or According to this Source; What was said.
Heavyweight boxer who happened to be from the same country as the Chelsea midfielder Oleksandr Usyk backs £88m Chelsea star Mykhaylo Mudryk to win the Ballon D’or in the coming years not minding his bad start with Chelsea he believes the player can still measure up to what was needed to win the prestigious award.
The 22-year-old winger had a host of European teams fighting for his signature in January and was linked with London rivals Arsenal before signing an eight-and-a-half year deal at Chelsea from Shakthar Donestk.
After scoring 10 goals in 18 games for Ukrainian side Shakhtar this season – including three in Europe – fans hoped the youngster would hit the ground running in the Premier League. However, the big money signing has had limited game-time with Chelsea, making just six appearances since his arrival.
The Ukrainian provided an assist in his side’s 3-1 win over Leicester earlier this month, but failed to impress for Ukraine during their 2-0 defeat against England on Sunday night. Ukrainian heavyweight world champion Usyk was asked about Mudryk’s price tag during an interview with Parimatch earlier this year and gave a glowing review of the youngster.
“Everything has risen,” said Usyk about the £88m fee. “Prices, and money, are a little higher than they were. I think he’s worth a little more than 100 million because I’ve been watching this guy. I saw him for the first time playing for the U-18 or U-19 team.
“The hairstyle that catches your eye, the tattoos, I mean, he was playing, and I was watching him, and I liked him. It seems to me that this guy can bring the fourth Ballon d’Or to Ukraine.” Usyk has seen his fight talks for an unification heavyweight clash against Tyson Fury break down after months of failed negotiations.
The WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight champion trained with Ukrainian second division side FC Polissya Zhytomyr ahead of his re-match with Anthony Joshua last year. The boxing star is a fan of the Premier League adding: “I like it [English football], it’s tougher. There’s fewer boys fall rolling and screaming ‘ouch’! I mean, they go toe to toe, the bone sticks out and they keep running. I like this kind of football better.”
Chelsea manager Graham Potter has also tipped Mudryk for a big future at Stamford Bridge and admitted to slowly introducing him to life the Premier League. “He’ll get better and better,” Potter said. “He’s a young player that hasn’t that much experience, so each game he’ll get better and better. His attitude is fantastic, he wants to help the team and work with the team. I’m delighted he got an assist and helped us.
“And again, it’s not easy for him to just arrive in the middle of what was pre-season for him and to come into a new country, new club, new league, and just hit his absolute maximum level. We’re positive about him. We’re positive about the future for him. But we need just to help them settle.”