Diego Simeone has backed Atletico Madrid man, Antoine Griezmann to be one of three finalists for the Ballon d’Or.
The France international scored 32 goals in all competitions for Atletico. He was also the highest goalscorer at the just concluded Euro 2016.
Despite his failure to lift silverware in the past year, Simeone insists that Griezmann deserves to be among the final three nominees when the prize is awarded next January.
“I’ve no doubt he should be in the final three,” the Atleti boss told the media ahead of his side’s International Champions Cup clash with Tottenham.
“He’s one of the three best players in Europe and a candidate for the Ballon d’Or. He didn’t win any titles, but he scored goals and was always decisive.
“Hopefully he will have the chance to win the Ballon d’Or.”