Antoine Griezmann names the four players he'd idolise if he was a fan

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Antoine Griezmann has emerged over the past few seasons as one of the best forwards in the game.

The Atletico Madrid striker led all players in the scoring charts at Euro 2016 and has 66 goals in 122 games since arriving at Atleti in 2014. Indeed, only Cristiano Ronaldo ranked above him when it came to the 2016 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.


But what if Griezmann wasn't rubbing shoulders with the world's best and competing against the likes of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on a regular basis? What if he was just a football fan like you or I? Who would he idolise watching on TV? The Frenchman singled out four players in particular when asked that question by L'Equipe this week.

We've all heard the stories of Griezmann being a big fan of former Manchester United and England star David Beckham growing up. 

Indeed, it is why the 25-year-old wears long sleeved shirts out on the pitch and dons the number seven shirt. If he were a fan growing up today, however, it would be another United icon who he would keep a close eye on, alongside a trio of La Liga superstars.

"I think I'd be a fan of Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and also Paul (Pogba), surely," Griezmann revealed when asked if Ronaldo would be his modern day Beckham.

"Pogba is a player that we see often, who takes the spotlight well, on the field and off."

Griezmann sounds like a lot of young football fans out there. His four picks have to be amongst the four most popular players in the world right now, and for good reason.

Messi and Neymar conspired to pip the French striker and his Atletico teammates to the La Liga title last season, whilst Ronaldo, of course, scored the winning penalty as Real Madrid defeated their cross-city rivals in the 2016 Champions League final.

Naming Pogba on the same list will also likely catch the eye of Man United fans hopeful that, one day, Griezmann can join his good friend at Old Trafford.

Some fans still unconvinced by the world's most expensive footballer since his return to Manchester this summer will also be hoping the French midfielder can start living up to his huge reputation on a more consistent basis.

The 23-year-old has improved after a difficult start under Jose Mourinho, but still has some way to go to prove that he should be talked about alongside Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar.

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