“Griezmann deserves the Ballon d’Or”


Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez has claimed that his teammate Antoine Griezmann is the front-runner for the 2018 Ballon d’Or award.

The 22-year-old has backed Griezmann after the latter’s omission from FIFA’s The Best award three-man shortlist.

Griezmann deserves [the Ballon d’Or] and, for me, he is the favourite [to win it],” he told France Football.

“He has excelled in all the competitions he has played this year.

“It is Griezmann‘s year.”

The Frenchman went on to express his gratitude towards his national team coach Didier Deschamps.

“I could not disappoint him, as at first he chose me because of my qualities as a defender, but he quickly asked me to try different things and take risks in attack,” he added.


“Even [Diego] Simeone told me that he had discovered new things about me during the World Cup in Russia.”

Atleti have strengthened their squad during the summer transfer window and Hernandez has welcomed another member of the Rojiblancos’ French community, Thomas Lemar.

“There are powerful signals [for Atletico Madrid], with three world champions, world-class players and one of today’s best coaches,” he noted.

For Atletico‘s French contingent, the focus for the coming week is on UEFA Nations League matches against Germany and Holland.