Antoine Griezmann is regarded as one of the top five footballers in the world following his superb performances for club and country bringing Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final and France to the Euro final despite losing both finals.
Griezmann is shortlisted for the Ballon D’or award alongside Messi and Ronaldo and he was also one of the three candidates shortlisted for the best Uefa player in Europe in which Ronaldo was voted the best player ahead of the Frenchman and Gareth Bale.
The 25 year old feels that he need to win trophies with his club and country in order to match the level of Messi and Ronaldo.
“I do not feel like I am on par with Messi and Ronaldo yet. I need to win trophies to match them. I try to help my team and country as good as possible to do just that.”
“I felt really proud when Simeone said I am destined to reach the level of Messi and Ronaldo. I always want to give my all for him. He motivates me. I am happy my coach thinks I can match them.”
“I want to improve on what I did last season. I am on the right track and I hope to keep this up.”
“People might talk more about Real Madrid and Barcelona than about Atletico, but what matters to me is what happens on the pitch. We can compete with them year after year. I am not interested about the club’s reputation.”
“The Ballon D’or? It’s up to the journalists to vote. I do not go to bed every night thinking about it. I just try to do my best and score as many goals as possible.” Griezmann told Eurosport.