'Varane, Griez­mann or Mbappe should win Bal­lon d'Or'

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GOAL - A French player should win the Bal­lon d'Or, with Raphael Varane, Kylian Mbappe and An­toine Griez­mann the stand­out can­di­dates, ac­cord­ing to Monaco Man­ager Thierry Henry.

Real Madrid mid­fielder Luka Mo­dric is the cur­rent favourite to win the award, hav­ing beaten Li­onel Messi and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo to the UEFA 'The Best' award.

How­ever, France won the World Cup, beat­ing Mo­dric's Croa­tia in the fi­nal, and Henry feels that, as such, a Les Bleus player should be re­warded.

He does, how­ever, feel that Chelsea's Eden Hazard is also in with a shout, hav­ing coached the winger at Bel­gium through­out the tour­na­ment.

"I think it would be a shame if a French player does not win the Balon d'Or, apart from Eden Hazard be­cause he was ex­tra­or­di­nary at ev­ery Wold Cup match - de­fen­sively and on the counter-at­tack," he said, per Sky Sports News . "But log­i­cally, a French player should win. Why not Varane? He won the Cham­pi­ons League, he was very strong.

"There is the alien (ex­tra-ter­res­trial) Kylian Mbappe, and also An­toine Griez­mann. But I can also men­tion many play­ers."

Mbappe, of course, made his name with Monaco and his rep­u­ta­tion con­tin­ues to soar with PSG.

The 19- year- old is al­ready a World Cup win­ner, a nd t r ul y an­nounced him­self on the world stage in Rus­sia, as he scored in the fi­nal, and also net­ted a brace in a clas­sic en­counter with Ar­gentina.

And Henry, while astonished at his rise, is un­happy that he does not have the teenager to call upon, with his side cur­rently joint-bot­tom of Ligue 1.

Kylian Mbappe and An­toine

Griez­mann.

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