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Koke says why Antoine Griezmann did not finish higher in Ballon d’Or ranking

Atletico Madrid captain Koke Resurreccion has expressed the opinion that Antoine Griezmann doesn’t receive the recognition he deserves.

Atletico Madrid captain Koke Resurreccion has argued that Antoine Griezmann does not get the credit he deserves on the international stage, pointing to his recent Ballon d’Or ranking. The Frenchman placed 21st in the rankings, as Lionel Messi went on to secure the award once again. That placement surprised many who are regular watchers of Atletico and France.

During the World Cup, he disputed the title for the best player wearing blue with Kylian Mbappe. Additionally, in 2023, Griezmann has been the best player for the team that has won the most points in Spain.

Koke told Diario AS that he couldn’t see any other reason for Griezmann’s surprisingly finish than the team he played for.

“I believe that Griezmann is not higher because he plays for Atleti. He has all the marketing. With France he has played in two World Cup finals. He won one and was close to another. He almost won a European Championship. Last year he was the best in La Liga and has been the best this year. I am not the one who votes but it is true that if he played for another team he would have that recognition.”

Griezmann, a key player for Atletico Madrid, has been in excellent form alongside Alvaro Morata, forming one of the most lethal forward duos in Spain and Europe. Despite his contributions, Griezmann’s selfless work-rate and willingness to sacrifice for the team might work against him in award considerations where individual brilliance often takes precedence over team-oriented play.

Alex Lundy
Alex Lundy
A lifelong football fan, Alex loves to dabble in its history, especially FIFA World Cup. But his love for sports doesn't end at football since he loves watching NBA and Formula1 too. Reading novels and watching classic films takes the rest of his time.


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