Antoine Griezmann has expressed his dissatisfaction at missing out on a top three nomination for FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award given to the world’s most outstanding player.
When it comes down to it, everyone will have their own opinion on who the best player on the planet is or who was the best for a certain period of time. Similarly, many will disagree on how such awards should be decided to come to the fairest conclusion.
For many, it was bizarre that Lionel Messi wasn’t nominated for ‘The Best’ and this is, of course, down to opinion but one person who is unhappy about who won the prize is France and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.
He said he found it “weird” that there weren’t any French players nominated despite Les Bleus winning with FIFA World Cup in July.
Mohamed Salah finished third in the voting with 134 points behind Cristiano Ronaldo who had 223 while Luka Modric won with 313 points. Griezmann, however, is perplexed that there wasn’t a single French player nominated.
“‘The Best’ bothers me,” he said. “It is FIFA’s prize and that no French player is nominated is weird. It [the Balon d’Or] makes me more excited [than The Best].
“It has more prestige, an incredible story behind it. It gives me more stars in the eyes. We’ll see what happens.”
Despite France’s World Cup triumph, there weren’t any French players that were on the same level as Salah, Ronaldo or Modric. I understand Griezmann’s frustration but the fact is that the aforementioned trio was on another level for the 12 months before the award was presented.