In the eyes of many football fans, Antoine Griezmann is now one of the top five attacking players in world football.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed an excellent year with both Atletico Madrid and France, despite losing in the finals of both the Champions League and Euro 2016, and was named as one of the three candidates - alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale - for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award.
It’s also expected that Griezmann, who scored 32 goals for Atleti last season and has six in eight matches at the start of this term, will be in the running for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award.
But can Griezmann make the step up from world-class forward to the seemingly untouchable God-like levels of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi?
The man himself believes he only requires one more thing to do so: trophies.
Griezmann: What I need to match 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," Griezmann told Eurosport, per Goal.
"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 compete with them year after year. I am not interested about the club's reputation.”
Griezmann not fussed about Ballon d'Or
Discussions then turned to the Ballon d’Or.
“It's up to the journalists to vote,” the Frenchman added. “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."
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