Griezmann corrects his earlier comments, says 'matching' Messi & Ronaldo only possible in terms of one season
- Antoine Griezmann has explained his earlier claim about being 'on one level' with Messi and Ronaldo
- The forward insists that while Messi and Ronaldo's careers are unique and unmatchable when it comes to one season or year some other players might perform on one level with them
- Griezmann reckons that this year Ballon d'Or should be awarded to a France player
Griezmann has earlier stated that he expects to rival Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or 2018. With his comments provoking negative feedback (including the one from Sergio Ramos), the Frenchman decided to explain himself.
"These are genuine legends," said Griezmann referring to Messi and Ronaldo. "Every year they are there, they never rest, they score 50 goals, win trophies, Ballon d'Ors and then they come back and do it again. "This year I won the European Super Cup, the World Cup and the Europa League. Because of that, I used the image of Messi and Ronaldo at the same table. Over the course of a career, it's difficult to get close to them, but for one year, I think it's possible."
Griezmann also believes that with France winning the World Cup the most important individual football trophy should also be awarded to a France national team player.
"In this best team in the world, there must be the best player in the world, right? In any case, that's what I think," the forward noted. "Afterwards, there are votes, opinions, different judgements. But I think that a Frenchman must win the Ballon d'Or this year."
Antoine Griezmann has had an impressive campaign last season as he won the Europa League and finished second in La Liga with the Rojiblancos topping it with a World Cup victory with France. The striker has been instrumental for both of his teams being directly involved in 10 (6+4) goals in 8 Europa League matches and 6 (4+2) goals in 7 games at the summer Mundial.