UEFA raised eyebrows by leaving Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez out of the top three for their 2015-16 Best Player in Europe award.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the frontrunner to win the individual accolade, followed by Antoine Griezmann and Gareth Bale.
But should the award be handed to Griezmann after the 25-year-old helped Atletico Madrid and France reach the finals of the Champions League and Euro 2016, respectively? Well, the man himself thinks he deserves it.
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“I was very happy and very proud,” Griezmann was quoted as saying by World Soccer when asked how it feels to be named among the three nominees. “It means that I’m on the right track to be among the best. I have to keep going that way, keep working hard and giving joy to people when I play.
“Without being big-headed, I think I deserve it because I had a great season with my club and with the national team. Maybe I deserve to win the award.”
Maybe you do, Antoine.
Ronaldo did win both finals...
However, there is the small fact that Ronaldo won both the Champions League and Euro 2016 finals - although those hoping for Griezmann to win the award might argue that the Real Madrid and Portugal star did little in either of those finals.
Ronaldo wasn’t fully fit for the Champions League final, resulting in him walking about for most of the match before scoring the winning penalty in the shoot-out, and was stretchered off in the Euro 2016 final in the 25th minute after being clattered by Dimitri Payet.
Griezmann, though, missed a penalty in the Champions League final and then failed to grab the Euro 2016 final by the scruff of the neck.
Griezmann shone at Euro 2016 - until the final
Despite that, he was named as the Player of the Tournament and won the Golden Boot award after scoring six goals.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, only scored three goals at the European Championships.
But in 36 La Liga appearances, the three-time Ballon d’Or winner scored 35 goals and provided 11 assists.
As for Griezmann: the same number of appearances, but 22 goals and five assists.
What would the award mean to Griezmann?
Asked what it would mean to him if he wins the award on Thursday, the Frenchman added: “It would mean I’m getting closer to achieving my objective of being amongst the best players, and to do that I need to keep on working hard and enjoying things on and off the pitch.”
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