‘It has never been easier than this year to choose who is going to win’: Michel Platini claims Raphael Varane is the obvious choice to win the Ballon d’Or
- Michel Platini thinks Raphael Varane is the obvious choice to win the Ballon d’Or
- The Frenchman has enjoyed a phenomenal 2018, winning two major honours
- He won both the Champions League and the World Cup earlier this year
Michel Platini has claimed Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is the obvious choice to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.
The Frenchman has enjoyed a phenomenal 2018, winning both the Champions League and the World Cup within the space of two months.
Varane is rightly among the favourites to win the award alongside fellow countrymen Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, as well as the obvious choice in Cristiano Ronaldo.
Michel Platini has claimed Raphael Varane is the obvious choice to win this year’s Ballon d’Or
‘It has never been easier than this year to choose who is going to win the Ballon d’Or,’ Platini said in an interview with RMC.
‘It’s a Frenchman who is going to win the Ballon d’Or. I hope so. There’s only one player who has won the Champions League and the World Cup – it’s Varane. There’s always the Ronaldo-Messi debate, but this year there’s only one, one who has won all that, his name is Varane.
‘He’s an excellent player. I would have voted for him, the results are the only objective thing, everything else is subjective.
‘We can have opinions about Griezmann, Mbappe, [Olivier] Giroud, [Hugo] Lloris, Modric… But the only one who has won everything this year is Raphael Varane.’
Ronaldo has admitted he has plenty of contenders capable of taking his Ballon D’Or crown this year, but doesn’t believe Lionel Messi is one of them.
The Juventus striker is looking to claim his third title in a row, and what would a record-breaking sixth for an individual.
The former UEFA president claimed the Real Madrid defender was the only worth winner
The Frenchman has enjoyed a stunning 2018, winning the Champions League and World Cup
He is currently tied on five with the Barcelona striker, who has been overshadowed by some World Cup stars, including the likes of Croatia’s Luka Modric and members of the French team.
‘Of course I want to win, this sixth Ballon d’Or,’ Ronaldo told France Football. ‘It would be a lie to tell you the opposite.’
Asked who he thought would challenge, he added: ‘The same as usual, even if I don’t know if Messi will be on the podium this time.
‘So, let’s say Salah, Modric, Griezmann, Varane, Mbappe — the French in general because they are world champions.
‘But I will wait and see if all these players are still at the top in 10 years, like Messi and I have done, and like we continue to do.
‘Still there, on the podium, since more than 10 years.’
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