Antoine Griezmann will definitely be in the running for the next Ballon d'Or, according to Arsene Wenger. The Arsenal manager said the France and Atletico Madrid star is not far off the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, with those two superstars sharing the prestigious individual award exclusively since 2010 (Messi four times, Ronald twice).
Griezmann has enjoyed a wonderful tournament at Euro 2016, scoring six times including a brace against world champions Germany in the semi-final, and is a cast-iron bet to clinch the Golden Boot for his endeavours on Sunday night at the Stade de France.
The 25-year-old is also coming off an impressive campaign with Atletico Madrid, where he played in the Champions League final, scoring 32 times in 54 games for Diego Simeone's team.
Wenger: "Griezmann's a candidate for Ballon d'Or. In Spain, he isn't far from Ronaldo/Messi & age is on his side." pic.twitter.com/CbWr72ZPXV— Arsène's Son (@hughwizzy) July 10, 2016
"Griezmann for me is one of the candidates for the Ballon d'Or," Wenger said to Konbini.
"In Spain, he is not far from Ronaldo and Messi. Age is on his side and look at the Euros: six goals, three or four assists - these stats are not nothing.
"This year he went to the Champions League final by scoring in all the big games, not to mention that he scored 22 goals in La Liga, so yes - why not the Ballon d'Or."
Wenger's comments echo those of Griezmann's team-mate Blaise Matuidi, who said if he had voting privileges, it would be used to nominate the French superstar.
"Griezmann is an exceptional player.