Sergio Ramos Chides Antoine Griezmann For Lionel Messi Claims

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Griezmann insists he is at the same level as Barcelona star Leo Messi and Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo.

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.

Leonardo Jardim declared his support for Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d'Or race ahead of Monaco's meeting with Antoine Griezmann and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

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. I want to improve, win and continue like this. And I know other players will come, for sure. I've always said he's a good player'.

'Ignorance is bliss, whenever I hear this kid speak I think of the likes of [Francesco] Totti, [Gianluigi] Buffon, Iker [Casillas], Raul, [Andres] Iniesta, Xavi and so on who have their homes full of trophies and don't have a Ballon D'Or, ' said Ramos. "At that table, there are nice pictures I have, and I enjoy it there, but I know that I can get better".

"There are different ways to look at football", he told Diario AS. I'm not going to score 50 goals, but I'm looking to help offensively and work for the team.

Griezmann renewed with Atletico until 2023 during the summer and cited his trust in Diego Simeone as one of the reasons he stayed.

'Saying no to Barcelona shows Atletico's greatness, [coach] Diego Simeone, my teammates, ' he said.

In contrast to FIFA's prize, the Ballon d'Or victor is determined by votes from journalists, and Griezmann described the prize as more prestigious.

"The squad they have doesn't have too many differences to Barça's and Madrid's". If it was for money, I would have gone to China. They won every title and they don't have a Ballon d'Or.

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