The Belgian reckons the Champions League and World Cup winner deserves the accolade ahead of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and PSG duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
"If I had to choose between Eden Hazard and Neymar to win the Ballon d'Or, I would pick Raphael Varane," he said as Omnisport quoted.
"The forwards are always thought of, but he [Varane] won the World Cup and the Champions League. He is a regular, I like to watch him play and he is at the top.
"There is a logic to respect: Varane meets the criteria and is a favourite."
On Hazard, he added: "I think Eden Hazard at this moment at the same level Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. They perform well every week. It's very hard to make a comparison."