World Cup winner with France, Antoine Griezmann feels he deserved to be in the top three of the FIFA Awards nominees and criticised the governing body for overlooking him.
Griezmann won the UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA World Cup this year.
Antoine Griezmann had a year to remember so far and the best in his career. The Atletico Madrid and France forward won UEFA Europa League, Super League and the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Achieving so much in a year, Griezmann felt shocked to see not his name in the top three.
However, he believes he has a realistic chance of winning the prestigious award one day. Griezmann told L’Equipe,
“Yes, I’m thinking about it, especially as I’m getting closer and closer to it. When I finished third in 2016, I had lost two finals. Now, I’ve won three. The Ballon d’Or is a prestigious award, and for a player, it’s the summit. There’s nothing better, nothing bigger. There can be trophies in your league, the World Cup, the Euros; it’s not the same. I would ask myself what I would have to do more. I have won three trophies, I’ve been important in decisive moments. But it’s not me who votes. Comparing with 2016, I have to be in the final three.”
The Frenchman also felt ashamed not to see a France player getting nominated in the top three despite winning the World Cup.
“It’s bizarre, and a shame, it’s FIFA who award the trophy right?. And the World Cup is organised by FIFA, right? We won the World Cup, and there is no Frenchman at the end. It’s a choice, but it’s surprising there’s no world champion.”
However, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah and Luka Modric are nominated for FIFA The Best Men’s Player of the Year.