Varane Not Sidetracked By Ballon d’Or

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Raphael Varane says he is not worried about who will claim the ballon d’or, despite having a fine season himself.

The France international is in contention for the award after winning the UCL and the World Cup last season.

However, Varane is more focused on team success and not individual success, despite having a brilliant 2017-18.

“I’m glad you told me about it, but it’s not a topic of debate within the group,” Varane told a news conference ahead of France’s Nations League meeting with Germany.

“It’s an individual reward. We play a collective sport. It showcases the work done, but it’s a personal one.

“It’s not an objective and if I don’t win it, it won’t be a disappointment. It’s true that last season was exceptional. It will be difficult to do better, unless I put in 40 goals.

“Other players are less mentioned but have been very successful, like [N’Golo] Kante or [Paul] Pogba.”

Either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi have won the Ballon d’Or the past 10 years.



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