Prior to the Ballon d’Or award in Paris, Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann opined that the European Cup would have to be more important than the World Cup if a Frenchman does not win the award.
"I am in my country where I am happy to be, it is a good night and I want to enjoy it," said Griezmann.
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"We will see the votes, it is good to be here and it is a shame that not everyone is here but for me it is important.
"It would be a shame if a Frenchman doesn't win it, maybe the European Cup is more important than the World Cup but we will see.”
Luka Modric won the award after the event and adds to his individual awards having won the Most valuable player in the World Cup, European best and the FIFA best award for a successful campaign with Real Madrid and Croatia last season.