Griezmann: Everyone has an opinion

Antoine Griezmann has responded diplomatically to Franck Ribery's claims that it is too early to start comparing the Atletico Madrid man to world-class players.

The Bayern Munich winger told Sport Bild this week that one season doesn't make a top player and Griezmann needs to consistently show his class over several years.

Ribery said: "Yes, last season he played well, but you should only be considered world-class when you consistently deliver these performances.

"We are too quick to say after one good season, 'This player is outstanding, he must win the Ballon d'Or.' I don't agree with this. Quality means, for me, churning out top performances over a period of 10, 12 or 15 years. Then, I say well played too."

The Atletico Madrid striker responded by telling Eurosport: "I will continue working. As he says, we'll see at the end what kind of player I am, but I know I'm on the right track.

"Everyone has an opinion. To my father, for example, I'm the best player in the world. To the fans of Atletico, too."

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo, meanwhile, responded by firing a backhanded compliment in the direction of the Bayern winger, saying: "Ribery is a little older. We must forgive him because he was a great player."

Griezmann was excellent during the 2015/16 season under Diego Simeone, bagging an impressive tally of 22 goals in La Liga, before winning the Golden Boot with six goals for France at the 2016 European Championship.

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