France and Atletico Madrid forward, Antoine Griezmann believes he deserves to win the best player in Europe award, ahead of Bale and Ronaldo.
The 25-year-old scored seven goals in 13 games, as Atletico made it to the UCL final. He also won the golden boot after scoring six goals at the Euro 2016 for France.
And Griezmann feels his stellar efforts in front of goal make him more than worthy of scooping the lucrative individual gong.
“I am proud to be a finalist, that means I am on the right track and have to continue that way,” Griezmann told 24sata.
“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I deserve this award because I’ve had a great season with both club and the national team.
“It has been unforgettable season, first in the Champions League with Atleti, then Euros with France.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t win a trophy and it was a blow for us, as well for our fans.”
Griezmann faces stiff competition for the award, though, with Ronaldo the current favourite having helped Real Madrid and Portugal claim Champions League and Euro 2016 glory respectively.
Bale also impressed over the course of the last season, playing a key role in Real’s Champions League triumph while also inspiring Wales’ run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.