Karim Benzema deemed as one of the favourites to win the accolade.
Former Real coach Zinedine Zidane is the only French player to have received the Ballon d’Or back in 1998 when he led France to World Cup glory.
Thie year the Ballon d’Or shortlisted 30 players from all around the world with Benzema being one of the favourties.
He has established himself as one of the crucial players of Real Madrid and is on the course of having the best season of his career.
Christophe Galtier backs Benzema to win the award this year.
“I do not know if he is the favourite, but I hope it’s him [who wins it],” Nice boss Christophe Galtier said during a press conference.
“I met him [when he was] very young at Lyon and contrary to all the clichés that can be said, he is a charming boy, passionate about his work, obsessed with performance and results.
“[He is] the best in the world. I think he has raised his level even more in the last two seasons. I’m also very happy to see him perform well for France.”