Paul Pogba says he would love a Frenchman to win the Ballon d’Or, but does not believe he should be in contention.
The Manchester United midfielder was named on the 30-man shortlist for the award for the best player of the year, with the winner to be announced in Paris on December 3.
There were seven Frenchmen named on the list after helping Les Bleus win their second World Cup in Russia this summer.
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante and Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris are in contention, along with Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, Atletico Madrid’s
Antoine Griezmann and Real Madrid’s Champions League-winning duo Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema.
“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.”
Every Ballon d’Or since 2008 has been won by either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi and the pair are both among the favourites again this year.
Geoffrey Kondogbia is set to revoke his right to play for France by appearing in a competitive fixture for the Central African Republic.
The Valencia midfielder has played five times at senior level for France, but all of those appearances have come in friendlies which means he is eligible to switch to the CAR as he holds dual nationality.
Kondogbia was granted permission by FIFA to make the switch last month, but injury prevented him from appearing for Raoul Savoy’s side in their defeat against Guinea.
He has arrived to join his new international team-mates as they prepare for their African Cup of Nations 2019 qualifier against Ivory Coast on Friday.
The 25-year-old, who was born in France, helped Les Bleus win the Under-20 World Cup alongside the likes of Paul Pogba and Florian Thauvin, before making his senior debut aged 20.
He was an unused substitute for France’s World Cup 2014 qualifier against Belarus in 2013 and an appearance in that match would have prevented him from switching away from playing for France.
The Central African Republic Football Federation said in a statement in September: “Geoffrey Kondogbia can henceforth play with the Central African Republic.
“He will be able to make his grand debut with the Central African selection in October, for the third and fourth days of the CAN 2019 qualifiers in Cote d’Ivoire.”
The CAR sit third in their qualifying group, level with Ivory Coast, with three points from two games.
France manager Didier Deschamps has hailed Kylian Mbappe as “extraordinary” as the World Cup winners gear up for their UEFA Nations League clash against Iceland on Thursday (11pm).
He might only be 19 but the Paris Saint-Germain superstar has made a stellar start to his career for club and country.
Watch what the Les Bleus boss had to say about the forward in the video below: