The Atlético de Madrid striker scored twice and delivered a decisive pass against Bruges on Wednesday in the Champions League (3-1). A performance worthy of a Ballon d'Or he covets.
And as often, Antoine Griezmann saved his world. Badly embarked against the brave Belgians of Bruges, this Wednesday in the Champions League, Atlético Madrid once again relied on his French striker to unblock the situation. The Mâconnais signed a double full of composure (28th, 67th), before serving Koke (90th + 3) for endorse the success of his family (3-1). An XXL service, which reminds that “Grizou” remains a legitimate candidate for the Ballon d'Or.
In the wake of his second success in group A, after the victory in Monaco, Diego Simeone has campaigned for his French striker to win the supreme individual award: “Last season, Griezmann was the best footballer in the world, because he won the World Cup, the Europa League and the European Supercup . He also finished second in a league with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, who are usually contenders for the Champions League. “
Strong arguments, irrefutable, that the Fifa had however omitted when composing his eleven of the year, on September 24th. The world football body had preferred Kylian Mbappé, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the front of the attack. Holy customers. However, the start of the season Mâconnais (4 goals and 4 assists) has nothing to envy to that of Turin (3b, 5pd) or the Parisian (6b, 3pd). Messi, sparkling at Wembley on Wednesday with a double against Tottenham, starts even stronger with 10 achievements and 5 offerings.
Competitors struggling this week
However, after their half-hearted Mondial, Messi and Ronaldo do not, a priori, not one of the most serious contenders for the Golden Ball. The names of Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric, Mohamed Salah, and Raphael Varane come back with more insistence. The French prodigy certainly shone with PSG on Wednesday night against Belgrade with a goal and an assist (6-1), but that's Neymar who took all the light.
The entry into play of Luka Modric in Moscow on Tuesday did not change anything the defeat of Real Madrid against CSKA (0-1). Used by the final of the World Cup lost to France, the Croatian midfielder, voted Fifa player of the year, shines less in the midfield merengue at the beginning of the season. Raphaël Varane, he was well titled at the Luzhniki Stadium. The French defender was caught short on the Russian goal, then missed the equalizer in the final seconds of the game. Finally, Mohamed Salah confirms his delicate start to the season. The Egyptian of Liverpool did not exist in Naples (0-1). Enough to tip the scales, and see Griezmann among the three finalists of the next Ballon d'Or? Answer Monday.