​Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann believes he would not be one of the best players in the world if it weren't for manager Diego Simeone.

Griezmann is regarded as one of the finest talents in world football, having scored over 50 La Liga goals for Atletico since joining from Real Sociedad back in 2014, being tasked with replacing Chelsea bound forward Diego Costa.

His achievements over the past few seasons have included a third place finish in the 2016 Ballon d'Or, while he was also named as La Liga's best player during the 2015-16 season at the league's official awards evening.


Speaking to ​FIFA's official website, Griezmann admitted Simeone's influence has helped him become one of the world's finest footballers.

"Of course! He’s changed me," Griezmann said.

"He’s brought so many things to my game that it’s hard to even begin to say what they are. Let’s just say that I wouldn’t have been regarded as one of the best players in the world if it weren’t for him. 

"More than anything he’s helped me to be more effective in front of goal, to take every chance that comes my way, and, of course, to run and run and work hard for the team. You can’t make it at Atletico if you don’t do that."

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Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in recent weeks, but the France international maintained he is happy with Atletico.

"I feel great at the club and in Madrid," the 25-year-old continued.

"On a personal level I’m very happy, and in football terms we’re about to move to a new stadium, which is very important. 

"We’ll just have to see what the future brings, but for now I’m very happy here and I hope to win trophies with this club."