Olivier Giroud has dismissed the importance of the FIFA Best Man award, but expects the Ballon d’Or to go to either Modric or a Frenchman.
FIFA drafted Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah and Luka Modric as their best three, leaving out Messi and any member of the 2018 World Cup winning France squad.
Many have expressed their shock at this, with Giroud adding his voice.
Giroud was stunned, yet he does not feel FIFA’s award has any relevance in football, with the Ballon d’Or the main prize in his eyes.
“It is very surprising, but, to be honest, I do not attach importance to this trophy,” Giroud told Le Parisien . “I’m only interested in the Ballon d’Or.
“It must be a Frenchman or Modric [who wins the Ballon d’Or]. If I could vote, I know which of my partners I would choose, but I will not tell you.”
When asked if he is continuously surprised by Mbappe, Giroud said: “How can you not be?
“He is breathtaking with his talent and maturity. One wonders where he will stop.
“At the same age, I have never met a boy so strong. It’s never been seen since, perhaps, Thierry Henry.”