Varane: “If a Frenchman wins the Ballon d’Or we’ll be happy”

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: Raphael Varane of France celebrates with the World Cup trophy following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

France defender Raphael Varane doubts there will be any problems within the national team over who wins the Ballon d’Or

The Real Madrid star is in the 30-man shortlist for this year’s award along with France team-mates Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

The legendary Michel Platini recently backed his fellow Frenchman Varane to win the Ballon d’Or.

But, for Varane, it’s of no concern for him or anyone else in the French team.

“I think there won’t be a problem between us,” Varane told France Football.

“If a Frenchman wins it we’ll be happy, whoever it is.

“It’s in the news, but we don’t talk about it. We speak about what was done well, but not [that] this one deserves it more than another.

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“We all contributed. You can’t say: ‘He doesn’t deserve it, he didn’t work.'”

Varane also added that France’s World Cup title victory came about due to a team effort, despite the star names in the squad.

“We do a team sport. Individually, you’re worthless!” said Varane. “You can be a huge player, if you play alone, the team loses.

“All the teams that win a big trophy, it is thanks to the collective, when each one takes pleasure to share with the others. This is how it works.

“Basically, I played football to share with others, to excel together, to achieve a goal.

“After, we all have our ego, our pride and our personality. But all alone, in football, it does not work.”

The winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or will be announced on December 3 in Paris.


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