Antoine Griezmann revealed that France’s distaste for players chasing individual glory means that winning the Ballon d’Or is not an obsession
The Atletico Madrid forward is in the 30-man shortlist for this year’s prize along with France team-mates Raphael Varane and Kylian Mbappe.
Griezmann has had a remarkable 2018, which saw him lead France to a second World Cup triumph and taste success in the Europa League with Atletico.
But, while he would love to claim the Ballon d’Or to cap off a brilliant year, Griezmann won’t obsess over it.
“I want to win it (Ballon d’Or) too,” Griezmann said on FourFourTwo.
France defender Varane recently stated that it’s of no concern for him or anyone else in the team who wins it.
“No, that is not a problem with France,” added Griezmann, on whether it could become an obsession.
“People there do not like when you seek something for yourself individually, but I’m proud to be there and hopefully I will win it.
“Of course, there are other people who can win it and they deserve it too, so let’s see what happens.”
Griezmann has managed six goals and four assists in 17 appearances for Atletico this season.
The winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or will be announced in Paris on December 3.