France boss Didier Deschamps sad not to see Antoine Griezmann on FIFA Best shortlist

Sport360 staff 2018/09/06

France coach Didier Deschamps was disappointed to see no Les Bleus players nominated for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

Antoine Griezmann was omitted, along with the rest of his World Cup-winning teammates, from the final three nominees for the accolade.

The finalists are Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah, the same three who made up the podium for UEFA’s award.

And, while Deschamps stopped short of saying any of his squad deserved to win the award, the 49-year-old was keen to highlight Antoine Griezmann’s achievements for club and country.

“I am disappointed,” Deschamps said.

“I won’t say it’s unfair, because that would mean the three others who stay in the race would not deserve it.

“They deserve it, but what I can say is that Antoine and a few other French players would have deserved to be in the list too.

“And, I hope I will not be accused of national chauvinism, but when you consider their achievement with their national team this summer and what they have done with their clubs too, they would deserve it.

“Antoine has won the Europa League, being decisive in final. We need to accept it, votes are coming from everywhere in the world.

“I am disappointed for him and for others, as Antoine was not the only one to deserve it.”

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