Didier Deschamps strongly feels that the 2018 Ballon d’Or should be won by a player from France after Les Bleus won the World Cup at Russia 2018. The France boss insists that Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane should be in the running for the Golden Ball.
“He’s a potential candidate for the Ballon d’Or, yes, he deserves it,” Deschamps told L’Equipe of Griezmann. “It’s not just him, but he deserves it. The Ballon d’Or, that would be a very good thing. We’ve seen so many times, there are two who are still there… Come on, even three, you have Messi, Ronaldo with everything they represent in the world and what they do. Neymar too, even if he arrives behind. Paul, with the World Cup he’s had… Do not ask me who I prefer.”
“Does Raphael Varane deserve it? Of course he deserves it. Will it be him? A defender, yes, but in general it’s an attacker. I especially hope that it will be a French player due to the fact that it’s a World Cup year and they are world champions. Kylian, he’s only 19 years old, we’ll say he has time to win the Ballon d’Or. But there is also what he does. Being so important and effective at age 19, it is out of the ordinary.