Ramos takes Griezmann to task over 'top table' comment

Florence Fletcher
September 19, 2018

"Cristiano and Messi are above everyone", Forlan told Cadena Ser. "Griezmann is still not at their level".

Sergio Ramos has taken a dig at Antoinne Griezmann after the French forward said he was on par with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and had his eyes on the Ballon d'Or.

Also winning the Europa League with Atletico Madrid, Griezmann is building quite the palmares but is still miles behind the aforementioned trio, who barely go a season without adding to their treasure trove of domestic and individual honours. And I know other players are going to come for sure.

"It is clear that I am a different player than Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar or [Kylian] Mbappe".

Copa del Rey or Champions League: "I'd personally prefer to win the Champions whilst appreciate that all competitions are important".

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Atletico Madrid take on Monaco tonight in their opening match of the Champions League, giving Griezmann the flawless setting to back up his heady claims. "At that table, there are nice pictures I have, and I enjoy it there, but I know that I can get better".

In an interview with AS on Monday, Griezmann admitted he was disappointed not to be nominated for the Best FIFA Men's Player award and regarding the Ballon d'Or prize, he said: "I have it in my head and there are three months to give everything".

Griezmann has scored just once for Atleti this season as they have taken only five points from 12 in their worst start under Simeone, but after suffering a tough period previous year he said he believed things could turn.

"I am not going to score fifty goals, but I am looking to help offensively and work for the team". I've always said he's a good player'.

While ridiculed for what many perceived as shameless self-promotion, his decision to reject Barcelona and stay at Atletico Madrid was a sign of not only his affection for the club, but his belief in it.

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