France coach Didier Deschamps has labelled Antoine Griezmann as ‘one of the greatest players of all time’ anywhere in the world, hailing the Barcelona forward’s role and impact as a ‘game-changer’ with the French national team.
Now 30, Griezmann is playing at his fourth major tournament for France. He made his senior debut in 2014, going to that summer’s World Cup, was top scorer on home soil at Euro 2016 and was an important part of the team that won the World Cup in 2018.
The player will get close to his 100th cap if France go far at Euro 2020 and has managed 37 goals, placing him fourth on the all-time top scorers list ahead of French legends such as David Trezeguet (34), Zinedine Zidane (31), Just Fontaine (30) and Jean-Pierre Papin (30).
“The statistics speak for themselves,” Deschamps said, via beIN SPORTS. “You can see the influence he has for the French national team through the goals he has scored and through his assists.
"Add to that the capacity to change games and get stuck in and defend when we don't have the ball. He's one of the greatest players of all time in Europe and worldwide."
Deschamps continued, “He is one of our technical leaders. He is a game-changer with the way he moves, the control he has with the ball and the goals he is capable of scoring, and his assists. He is an offensive player, a very creative player and has this ability to think outside the box.
"That's something he has proven to us time and again, it's remarkable to watch even though he's happy to get back and defend. Maybe he does that a little bit too much. I'm not going to take this away from him. It is completely natural for him and important to our balance.”