Platini: « Never been a less demanding choice » on Ballon d’Or victor
Ex-Uefa president Michel Platini has expressed this Tuesday that he trusts Real Madrid and France protector Raphael Varane has the right to win the current year’s Ballon d’Or, on the grounds that he is the only player to have won the both the World Cup and Champions League last season.
“There has never been an easier decision on who should win the Ballon d’Or,” said Platini, who himself lifted the honor in 1985, on France’s RMC radio.
« There is just a single player that has won the European Cup and World Cup (… ) Normally there is a discussion between Ronaldo or Messi, Messi or Ronaldo, yet this year just a single player has won all that. His name is Varane, furthermore that, he is a magnificent player, great. »
« Results are the only the objective factor » the ex-France and Juventus legend proceeded.
« You can have your assessments about Griezmann, Mbappé… however the special case that has won everything, the two most essential rivalries, is Raphael Varane. »
Ballon d’Or applicants
Raphael Varane is one of the 30 candidates for this year’s award, the winner of which will be revealed at a gala ceremony on December 3. Among alternate candidates are Neymar, Isco Alarcón, Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez, Kevin De Bruyne and Mario Mandzukic.
The rundown of candidates, discharged by magazine France Football on October 8, likewise incorporate Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who between them have lifted the last 10 back to back honors (Messi in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015; and Ronaldo in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017).
But after being chosen for FIFA’s The Best player of the year award in September, Luka Modric is favourite to scoop this year’s Ballon d’Or, which would bring an end to Messi and Ronaldo’s decade-long strength.
The Real Madrid midfielder had seemingly the best period of his vocation, winning his third back to back Champions League title and playing a major part in Croatia achieving the World Cup last in Russia.