Deschamps: I hope a Frenchman wins the Ballon d’Or

Didier Deschamps is hoping to see a Frenchman win the Ballon d’Or this year due to the success of his players for both country and club

The likes of Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane and Kylian Mbappe have been included in the 30-man shortlist for this year’s prize.

The trio had a key role to play in France’s second World Cup title in the summer along with the successes of their respective clubs.

“It would be a disappointment, not only because of the World Cup, but also because many of them, from Griezmann to Varane to Mbappe, have won other important titles with their clubs,” said Deschamps on FourFourTwo.

“Anyone who wins the Ballon d’Or will deserve it. I hope it is a Frenchman.”

Deschamps, who won three Serie A titles with Juventus across a five-year spell as a player, is confident that they can now win the Champions League.

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The former midfielder was a member of the Juventus squad that won the club’s last  Champions League title in 1996.

“Dreams are part of life,” he said. “Maybe the fans had not dreamed of Ronaldo, who then arrived. Sometimes dreams come true.

“Juve today are back at the top in Italy and Europe. Winning the Champions League is like winning a World Cup.

“Indeed, at the beginning, in the Champions League you have even more contenders, those seven, eight teams that can legitimately aspire to go all the way.

“Allegri’s team is as competitive as the one I played in.”


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