Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has claimed he is on the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as he set his sights on winning the Ballon d’Or, despite admitting he can make improvements to his game.
Griezmann missed out on the three-man shortlist for FIFA’s The Best award, the winner of which will be announced on September 24, but he is nevertheless feeling confident of his chances of being named the world’s best player later in the year.
In contrast to FIFA’s prize, the Ballon d’Or winner is determined by votes from journalists, and Griezmann described the prize as more prestigious.
“I think the Ballon d’Or has more prestige and history,” he told AS .
“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.”