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Griezmann responds to Franck Ribery’s claim that he is not world class

The French attacker did not take long to respond to the criticism

Valencia CF v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Antoine Griezmann has responded to Franck Ribery’s claims that he is not a world class player and lacks the consistency that is required at the very top of the sport. The 25-year-old responded in typically humble fashion befitting Atletico’s style of play.

“He has his reasons for [saying] that. I am trying to be more consistent but I am going in the right direction,” Griezmann said.

“"Everyone has an opinion. For my father I'm the best player in the world and for the fans of Atletico Madrid its the same.”

Griezmann leads all La Liga players with six goals in six games and is set for another strong campaign as Atletico’s talisman.

It probably seems like a silly little argument but with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, in particular, entering the winters of their respective careers, there is a place up for grabs at the very top. The thing about it is, when it comes to transfer fees and players’ egos, public opinion matters.

It Atletico Madrid do sell Antoine Griezmann, they will be expecting the buying team to break the world record, which was set last summer for Paul Pogba, if he is in fact the best in the world, or even world class.

Griezmann is right, Ribery does have his reasons for saying that but with a trip to the Allianz Arena coming up and the former Real Sociedad attacker prone to upsetting Bayern Munich, the 33-year-old Bayern Munich winger might regret his words when a team full of angry rojiblancos arrive in Munich in December.