Didier Deschamps has saluted Antoine Griezmannfor challenging the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo
year-old Argentinian and the 31-year-old
Portuguese are the final three contenders to be
crowned The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016 award,
which theBleus coach believes his No7 has can
“Of course he has a chance,” Deschamps told
L’Equipe . “But wait, Antoine is only 25. Ronaldo
and Messi are around 30. Antoine is coming, he is
changing that hierarchy a bit.
“The two others are very consistent. He has
performed really well over the last two years. It’s
already a great personal and collective success for
him to be at that level.”
Griezmann’s year has comprised highlights
aplenty. He scored the only goal as Atletico Madrid
triumphed 1-0 at Real Madrid in February. He got
both goals as Diego Simeone’s side beat
Barcelona 2-0 to reverse a first-leg deficit and
reach the UEFA Champions League semis.
He netted the away goal at Bayern Munich that
sent Atleti into the final. Griezmann also claimed
the Golden Boot and Player of the Tournament
awards at UEFA EURO 2016, has helped France
make a positive start to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Russia™ qualifying and will finish the year having
scored eight goals in 15 internationals.
The Best FIFA Men’s Player will be crowned at The
Best FIFA Football Awards™ ceremony in Zurich on
9 January 2017.