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Griezmann: I’m Already As Good as Messi and Ronaldo

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Antoine Griezmann is already a World Cup and La Liga winner and he’s a two-time Champions League finalist all at the age of 27

The French forward was snubbed for Fifa’s ‘The Best’ award but he still hopes and believes he is eligible for the Ballon D’Or.

Griezmann believes that while he’s on the same level as legendary strikers Messi and Ronaldo, he can still make improvements to his game

“I think the Ballon d’Or has more prestige and history,” he told AS . “There’s three months left to give everything.

“It is clear that I am a different player than Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar or [Kylian] Mbappe. I’m at the top but I can improve.

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“I seek to be as complete as possible. I’m not going to score 50 goals, but I’m looking to help offensively and work for the team.

“I think I already sit where Messi and Cristiano are. And I know other players are going to come for sure.

“I want to improve, I want to win and I want to continue like this, playing in this way.”

Griezmann was linked with Barcelona over the summer and he was widely expected to leave but he opted to stay with Atletico Madrid.

“Saying no to Barcelona gives greatness to Atletico, Cholo [Simeone], my team-mates,” he said.

“I trust them and we contribute to each other a lot.

“I stay where they give me more love. If it was for money, I would have gone to China.

“It was a very important decision for my future. You do not only look at one year, you do it thinking about four or five. It wasn’t as easy as choosing a candy.”

Famutimi Femi is a writer for theheraldng. He is also a lawyer by trade. His hobbies include reading and writing, he also loves Renaissance art.

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