Griezmann, Mbappe and Varane tipped for Ballon d'Or by Deschamps

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One of the French trio should win the trophy and be recognised for their achievements last season according to the World Cup winning coach

Didier Deschamps hopes a Frenchman will win the Ballon d'Or and named Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane and Kylian Mbappe as players he feels deserve it.

The trio were instrumental in delivering France's second World Cup triumph in Russia but Deschamps pointed to the trophies they won at club level when giving them his backing.

Griezmann, who chose to stay at Atletico Madrid rather than join Barcelona in the close season, triumphed in the Europa League in 2017-18, while Varane was part of the Real Madrid side that won a third consecutive Champions League title.

Mbappe, meanwhile, helped Paris Saint-Germain to a clean sweep of domestic trophies in his first season at the club.

When asked whether he would be upset not to see a member of his France side win the Ballon d'Or, Deschamps told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "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.

"Anyone who wins the Ballon d'Or will deserve it. I hope it is a Frenchman."

France midfielder Paul Pogba is also one of the 30 nominees for this year's award and the Manchester United star shares the opinion of his international manager, believing that Griezmann, Varane, Mbappe and Chelsea's N'Golo Kante are all worthy winners.

"Whether it's Grizou (Griezmann), Kylian (Mbappe) or Raph' (Varane), they deserve it much more than me," Pogba told AFP.

"I can not designate one. But I hope with all my heart that this is one of the three.

"One of the four also because there is NG (Kante). That's all I hope for anyway, because there are many who deserve it. I do not put myself in."

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It is expected that this year's award will see the end of a decade of dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, with the duo winning five trophies each in the last 10 years.

Luka Modric is currently the favourite for the accolade, having helped Real Madrid to the Champions League and captaining Croatia to the World Cup fina in Russia, where he received the tournament's Golden Ball.

The 2018 Ballon d'Or winner will be announced on December 3 in Paris.