Atletico Madrid forward, Antoine Griezmann has been named La Liga’s best player of the year in Valencia at an awards ceremony.
The France international overcame fierce competition from Barcelona duo, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to claim the award, despite not being in the running to claim the best striker award and also omitted from the league’s team of the season, named in June.
Ronaldo headed the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or when it was released yesterday. However, he didn’t claim any individual accolade at the awards ceremony.
Messi was named best striker ahead of the teammate, Suarez and Athletic’s Aritz Aduriz. And Suarez was named the Liga’s “World Player”.
The supporters’ award also went to Griezmann who, like the Barcelona contingent, did not attend the ceremony.
The top three teams in the La Liga, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico took all the spots in the team of the year, which is no surprise.
Atletico’s miserly defensive work was duly recognised, with Jan Oblak and Diego Godin named as La Liga’s best goalkeeper and best defender respectively.
Diego Simeone was also honoured with his third coach of the year award in four seasons ahead of departed Villarreal chief Marcelino and Celta Vigo’s Eduardo Berizzo – with Barcelona’s double-winning Luis Enrique not granted a look-in.
“It is a privilege to be here to receive this award, which would not have been possible without the help of my colleagues,” said Godin, who ended Madrid captain Sergio Ramos’ four-year grip on the prize.
Madrid’s Luka Modric was named the best midfielder, beating Sergio Busquets and Bruno Soriano to second and third respectively.
Modric previously shared the award with Barca captain Andres Iniesta in 2013-14.
Madrid’s Marco Asensio was named as La Liga’s best emerging player following an impressive loan spell at Espanyol last term.