The Athletico Madrid attacker says that he has been one of the outstanding three players in the world of the course of 2018 and, therefore, deserves to be among the shortlisted three in the Ballon d’Or voting.
The French attacker enjoyed the role of his career in the summer as he played a major part in France winning the Russia World Cup, coming third behind Luca Modric and Eden Hazard in the Golden Ball voting.
And now he believes he deserves such accolade for his efforts over a year in which he has so far scored 23 times for Atletico Madrid in 33 outings, helping them to the Europa League and European Super Cup in the process.
“I deserve to be in the top three,” he told
L’Equipe , looking back in comparison to 2016, when he finished third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi off the back of European Championship and Champions League final heartbreak. “That year, I lost two finals, this year I’ve won three, so normally…”
Griezmann admitted that he was surprised that neither he nor any of his France team-mates made a shortlist for FIFA’s The Best prize .
“It’s weird and a pity,” he said. “This is a trophy that’s awarded by FIFA, right? We won a World Cup and there’s no Frenchman on the shortlist. That’s the choice, but it’s surprising.”
Furthermore, he poked fun at international team-mate Kylian Mbappe who did not include him in a shortlist of his Ballon d’Or favourites following the World Cup.
“Maybe it was an oversight!?” he said. “You’d have to ask him again. Maybe he doesn’t like my football? Everyone has their opinions.”