Antoine Griezmann has cheekily nominated himself to win the 2023 Ballon d’Or award. The 2023 tie is expected to be a two-way clash between Lionel Messi and Erling Haalan but the French forward is convinced Argentina’s World Cup victory will play against Haaland.
The Atlético de Madrid forward was among the 30 nominees who were named on September 6. The French star was among the stars of last season, featuring prominently in their World Cup run to the final.
He also contributed 15 goals and 16 assists, the most goal involvements in La Liga, as Atletico finished third in the Spanish top flight.
Griezmann will not be among the favourites to go all the way and win the award, but the 32-year-old still cheekily backed himself.
“I should win it. You forgot that I am nominated too,” he said, as quoted by PSG Talk.
The former Barcelona man then fronted one of Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, who will be expected to feature highly in the final ranking.
Messi led Argentina to World Cup glory, beating Mbappe and Griezmann in the final, leaving him as an outstanding favourite for an eighth title.
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The new Inter Miami star will face competition from Erling Haaland, who won the treble with Manchester City in his debut season in England.
However, Griezmann doesn’t think so:
“If not me, then Messi or Mbappé. Haaland had a great season, but it’s a World Cup year, you know?”
Griezmann is currently away with the French squad on international duty. They play Germany on Tuesday in a friendly match.