Antoine Griezmann believes he has had an exceptional 2018 and deserves to be on the top three Ballon d’Or voting.
The Atlectico Madrid striker who was a key member of France World Cup winning team thinks he’s done enough to be ranked amongst the best three this year.
“I deserve to be in the top three,” Griezmann Who finished third behind Ronaldo and Messi in 2016 told L’Equipe.
“That year, I lost two finals, this year I’ve won three, so normally…”
Neither Griezmann nor any of his France team-mates made the shortlist for FIFA’s The Best Award, a decision that surprised the World Cup bronze ball winner.
“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.”
Griezmann joked at international team-mate Kylian Mbappe who did not include him in a shortlist of his Ballon d’Or favourites.
“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.”