MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 06: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Group A match of the UEFA Champions League between Club Atletico de Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on November 6, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone believes Antoine Griezmann is a worthy winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or award

The 27-year-old forward’s impressive displays this year helped Atletico win the Europa League, which ended their four-year wait for silverware.

Aside from that, Griezmann also had a key role in leading France to a second World Cup title in Russia and even claimed he’s on par with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Reflecting on this, Simeone is adamant that Griezmann has made a great case for himself in this year’s Ballon d’Or race.

”France plays thanks to his intelligence,” Simeone told France Football.

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“When Antoine is lucid and in great physical shape, there’s no footballer in the world that understands and interprets football like he can.

“And when you look at the titles he won, the World Cup, Europa League and European Süper Cup, there was no player more important for his team”

”In general I can state that Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best in the world.

“But not in 2018, this time Antoine is in front of everyone.”

He added: “In 2018, no player did as many significant things as he did for France and Atlético – this is the reality.”