Antoine Griezmann spoke to ESPNFC about his desire to win the Ballon d’Or as speculation continues surrounding the French attacker’s chances. He has been very open and honest about the subject in recent months with Luka Modric, his main opponent supposedly for the award, has said nothing.
“I actually do [dream of winning it],” Griezmann told ESPN FC. “I’m not afraid of saying it. I dream of the Ballon d’Or, of the Champions League, of winning the World Cup. I dream of a lot of things. I dream of having three children. Those dreams motivate you when you wake up each morning and you have goals to achieve.”
Michel Platini, however, says “There has never been an easier decision on who should win the Ballon d’Or.”
“There is only one player that has won the European Cup and World Cup (…) Normally there is a debate between Ronaldo or Messi, Messi or Ronaldo, but this year only one player has won all that. His name is Varane, and besides that, he is an excellent player… very, very good.”
Meanwhile, Didier Deschamps said Kylian Mbappé deserves the award in a strange move for the manager of a team with several players nominated.
Didier Deschamps picks Mbappe over Griezmann as his 2018 Ballon d'Or winner. pic.twitter.com/hN5xH6zvy9— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 31, 2018
Griezmann continued: “On a personal level, that’s the highest you can get. It’s the most historic award, the most prestigious one. However, I also am a player who thinks collectively over individually, but it would be nice [to win it] for myself, because of everything I’ve gone through, especially after having to separate myself from my family at 13 years old.