‘It’s weird and a pity’: Antoine Griezmann questions The Best award decision after NO French players made FIFA shortlist despite World Cup win
- Antoine Griezmann has won Europa League, Super Cup and World Cup in 2018
- But no France stars made three-man shortlist for The Best Men’s Player Award
- Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Liverpool’s Mo Salah were nominated
- ‘It’s surprising not to have a single world champion,’ Griezmann has claimed
The forward has enjoyed a stellar 2018, winning the Europa League and Super Cup with Atletico Madrid and helping France seal their second World Cup triumph.
But Griezmann missed out on one of football’s top individual honours after Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mo Salah were nominated for The Best Men’s Player Award.
Antoine Griezmann is surprised none of France’s World Cup winners made The Best shortlist
The Atletico Madrid forward has won the Europa League, Super Cup and World Cup in 2018
Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Raphael Varane were longlisted but all failed to make the final three.
Hugo Lloris is nominated for the goalkeeper award but, despite their sealing glory in Russia over the summer, no France players were shortlisted for the main prize — a decision that confused their talismanic forward.
‘It’s weird and a pity,’ Griezmann told L’Equipe. ‘This is a trophy that’s awarded by FIFA, right? We won the World Cup and there’s no Frenchman on the shortlist. That’s their choice, but it’s surprising not to have a single world champion.’
On Tuesday, Atletico gave a brilliant response to Griezmann’s snub.
The Spanish side posted a photo of their star striker inside an empty Wanda Metropolitano surrounded by the World Cup trophy, UEFA Europa League title and the UEFA Super Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo made the cut and will be hoping to defend his title this year
Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah are the other two players alongside Ronaldo in the final
‘No words necessary,’ was their short-but-sweet verdict.
Griezmann will hope to be in the running for the Ballon d’Or when the nominees for the prestigious award are revealed later this year.
The Frenchman did make the shortlist in 2016, only to finish third behind Ronaldo and Lionel Messi following defeat in both the Champions League and Euro 2016 finals.
And he hinted that his successful year should merit his inclusion this time round. He told L’Equipe: ‘That year, I lost two finals, this year I’ve won three, so normally…’