Antoine Griezmann believes he is on the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo even though he agrees there are still parts of his game he needs to improve.
The French World Cup winner who was omitted from the final three-man shortlist still has high hopes of making the cut for the Ballon d’Or.
Speaking to AS he said:
“I think the Ballon d’Or has more prestige and history, 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.
“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 turned down the opportunity to join Barcelona and he said it was a tribute to his coach and team-mates.
“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.”