Frenchman deserving of Ballon d’Or – Henry

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Monaco boss Thierry Henry believes a French player should be awarded the Ballon d'Or after their exploits at the World Cup.

Monaco boss Thierry Henry believes a French player should be awarded the Ballon d’Or after their exploits at the World Cup.

Les Bleus lifted the World Cup for just the second time in their history over the summer, with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane all putting in sterling performances.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have shared the award since 2008 – winning five times each – but for the first time in a while there is a suggestion that it could go elsewhere.

France’s World Cup exploits have put others in the frame for the top individual prize in world football.

Henry feels it would be ‘a shame’ if his compatriots are overlooked although he admits Belgium international Eden Hazard will also be in the running.

‘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 World Cup match – defensively and on the counter-attack,’ Henry told 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.’

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