Antoine Griezmann Insists on Being On 2018 Ballon D’Or Shortlist

Antoine Griezmann has insisted that he deserves to be on the podium for the 2018 Ballon d'Or after winning the World Cup and some other silverware with Atletico Madrid.

The France star came third in 2016 in the voting behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the most prestigious individual award in football, in spite of not winning anything.

Asked if not winning it would be unfair, Griezmann said: “Not unfair, but I would wonder what more I could do. I have won three trophies, stood out at decisive moments, but it is not me who votes.”

The duo of Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the Ballon d'Or over the last decade and the Portuguese superstar will be a contender again for the 2018 Ballon d'Or after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.

“I think about it, especially the closer I get to it. The Ballon d'Or is a prestigious award, and it is the highest you can go as a player. There are trophies in your league, in the World Cup, the Euro, but it's not the same,”  Griezmann said.

The Ballon d'Or award was run jointly by world football's governing body and magazine France Football until the end of 2016, since when FIFA have reverted to giving out their own prize.

A panel of supporters, national team captains, coaches and journalists vote for the FIFA award, while only journalists vote for the Ballon d'Or.

Photo Credit: First Newspaper

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