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 goalkeeper Hugo Lloris are in the running, along with Paris Saint-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 said.
‘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 nominees this year.
Ballon d’Or Shortlist:
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain)
Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Isco (Real Madrid)
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)
Mario Mandzukic (Juventus)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)