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Franck Ribery explains why Antoine Griezmann is not yet world-class

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Antoine Griezmann is one of the most highly rated players in the world right now.

The Atletico Madrid striker already has six goals in just six games in La Liga this season and recently came third in UEFA's Best Player in Europe award after a 32 goal 2015-16 campaign. Oh, and he finished Euro 2016 as the tournament's top scorer with six goals.

However, all of that isn't enough to convince fellow countryman, and one-time international teammate, Franck Ribery that Griezmann is truly a "world class" player. 

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Speaking in an interview with German publication Sport Bild, via AS, the Bayern Munich winger explained why he isn't willing to jump on the Griezmann bandwagon just yet.

"He's not a world-class player yet," Ribery began. "Because he still hasn't repeated his level of performance consistently over time."

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Considering the achievements laid out above, that is a pretty harsh assessment of Griezmann's career to date from a player who knows a thing or two about being, and playing with, world class talent.

Admittedly, the Atletico Madrid striker hasn't been at the top of the European scoring charts for over a decade like the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, since he moved to Madrid from Real Sociedad in 2014, the Frenchman has been in irresistible form.

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Even though he missed a penalty in the 2016 Champions League final, he was arguably the most important figure in Atleti's run to the game, and he gave Ribery a close-up example of his quality as Diego Simeone's side knocked out Bayern in the semi-final.

In leading the line for France over the summer, he also proved that he could impact games on the international stage too - something Ribery struggled to do when the spotlight fell on him after the retirement of Zinedine Zidane.

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Of course, there have been players in the past who have petered out after a couple of seasons at the top of the footballing pyramid. 

Griezmann, though, doesn't look like being one of them.

However, even the 25-year-old himself isn't ready to put himself on the very top table with Messi and Ronaldo just yet.

"I think I still have more to do to be their equal, starting with winning titles," he told L'Equipe recently.

Having helped Atletico Madrid to the top of La Liga as things stand, he might start to fulfil that ambition this season.

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