Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount, has said it was special to be included in the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or.
In the last six months, Mount helped the Blues win the Champions League.
The 22-year-old also featured as England reached their first major tournament final since the 1966 World Cup.
Mount has now been recognized as one of the best players in the year under review.
“It was special. To see that and to be alongside those names is obviously a dream.
“For all the years you work hard, dedicate and see something like that, it shows everything pays off. It is just the start, it doesn’t stop now,” Mount told reporters ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary on Tuesday.
Mount is not banking on winning the award, though, with Lionel Messi the favourite to win it for the seventh time after leading Argentina to Copa America glory.
Ballon D’Or 2021: Mason Mount reacts to making 30-man shortlist