Got the ability to win the Ballon d’Or” – Chelsea star backed to win Ballon d’Or in the future
Football agent Manuel Sierra thinks Chelsea have got themselves a future Ballon d’Or winner in 16-year-old Ecuadorian talent Kendry Paez.
The Blues signed the youngster in 2023, and his agent thinks the young midfielder is one-of-a-kind in what he does on the pitch.Chelsea beat a host of clubs to the signing of Kendry Paez in 2023, with the youngster expected to stay at Independiente del Valle until 2025 when he turns 18. The creative midfielder is thought by many to be at the same level as Barcelona’s Lamine Tamal in being among the best 16-year-olds in professional football now.
The Blues agreed a deal for the youngster, which could reach up to €20 million if all goals are met. Sierra revealed in a chat with AS that he thinks the teenager will definitely be in the Ballon d’Or conversation a few years from now.
“I don’t know if we are going to have such a beastly talent in my life again like Kendry Páez.
“Today he is still at 50% of his chances, 60% of his chances. He is a boy who, if he learns to be professional, learns to live in professionalism, not professionalism, but in professionalism, he is a guy who can be, for me, if not Ballon d’Or, be very close to being Ballon d’Or in the next, six, seven or eight years.
“I think he can be one of the greats in the world. He has it all. He is a guy who is super prepared for success.
“I think we are doing a great job. Hopefully in July 2025 he can arrive with all the skills to be one of Chelsea’s important players, which is what we are working towards.”
Paez has already met Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino, having spent some time working with the Blues in January. The teenager already made his Ecuador bow playing alongside future Chelsea partner Moises Caicedo, and has scored for his country already.