Franck Ribery’s football career will end some day in the, possibly very near, future. When he does finally hang up his boots, he will have to rule out the possibility of becoming a scout as his ability, or lack thereof, to identify talent is borderline comical at this stage.
The Bayern Munich winger has had his say on Antoine Griezmann and it’s less than flattering for Atletico’s talisman.
"He's not a world-class player yet," Ribery says, "Because he still hasn't repeated his level of performance consistently over time.”
Griezmann was the top scorer at Euro 2016 and led Atletico Madrid to a Champions League final last year. He has scored 63 goals in 115 games for Diego Simeone with 15 assists thrown in for good measure.
The 25-year-old has started off the new campaign at a blistering pace with six goals in six games. He leads all scorers in La Liga including world-class players like Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Griezmann scores goals with his head and with both feet. He finishes with a calm that extends beyond his years, can contribute defensively and link play as well as being the focal point in every form of attack. He can play on the counter-attack and enjoys playing in tight spaces. In short, he does it all and is not even near his peak.
What will be interesting is how Juanfran greets Ribery upon Atletico’s return trip to the Allianz Arena in the Champions League group stage. The two players have engaged in some physical battles in recent months with Juanfran coming out on top both physically and psychologically. He will be even more committed to showing up the 33-year-old now that he has had an unnecessary go at one of his team-mates.
Get a grip, Franck!