​France coach Didier Deschamps is hoping that his superstar forward Antoine Griezmann upsets recent Balon d'Or tradition by helping France win Euro 2016.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the award ceremony for the last eight years, and the last time someone else won the accolade was back in 2007 when Kaka took it home.

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With France set to face Portugal in the tournament final on Sunday, Deschamps believes that Griezmann can crash the party if the hosts triumph over the Portuguese.

Speaking via ​The Sun, he said: "What I am interested with is having Antoine Griezmann, with his team-mates, who can make France the European champions.

"There are always crucial, decisive players in every side who make the difference and do not necessarily depend on others.

"Antoine Griezmann is clearly a very young player who has had a great campaign. Cristiano Ronaldo has been at the top level for seven or eight years now. He scores a lot of goals for his club side, for the national team.

"Thus far there has only been two contenders for your famous Ballon d'Or - him and Lionel Messi, but if Antoine Griezmann can be within the candidates, great, that would be a sign that things will go very well in the final and that there is great stuff still to come."


Griezmann has certainly been the player of the tournament, and could add to his tally of six goals during Sunday's final. Deschamps has tweaked France's system to allow the player to roam free behind Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud, and added that he is happy to allow the Atletico Madrid man to be as comfortable as possible.

"He had a very busy, full campaign. The last game of which was the Champions League final.

"He tried to digest that. I tried to give him a bit of a breather over the first three matches we played in the space of nine days.

"He is a very talented, clinical player and that is important for the team. He also gets the team playing. He is not simply an individual player.