Griezmann thinks it's "bizarre" that he's not on FIFA The Best shortlist

Lucas Hernandez

Lucas Hernandez

France star Antoine Griezmann insists he deserves to be on the podium for this year's Ballon d'Or after winning the World Cup and major silverware with Atletico Madrid.

But this season fortune has smiled on Griezmann, who starred in France's triumphant World Cup winning campaign in Russian Federation after an impressive year at Atletico, who won the Europa League and Uefa Super Cup.

"Yes, I'm thinking about it, especially as I'm getting closer and closer to it", he told L'Equipe.

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.

Hugo Lloris is nominated for the goalkeeper award but, despite their sealing glory in Russian Federation over the summer, no France players were shortlisted for the main prize - a decision that confused their talismanic forward. There's nothing better, nothing bigger. There can be trophies in your league, the World Cup, the Euros, it's not the same.

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And Griezmann said: "Paul has really moved up a notch in the dressing room". "I've won trophies and was decisive at key moments". But it's not me who votes.

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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.

"It's weird, and a shame, it's Federation Internationale de Football Association who award the trophy right?" said Griezmann. Included among these are the four goals he scored during the World Cup finals, including a penalty in the final itself against Croatia, a fixture that France won 4-2. We won the World Cup and there is no Frenchman at the end. "That's the choice, but it's surprising".

Griezmann also praised Manchester United's Paul Pogba for his performances and leadership in France's World Cup campaign.

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