'I already sit where Messi and Cristiano are' - Griezmann

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Griezmann saying he is on the same table than Cristiano and Messi?

Antoine Griezmann got plenty of people talking after claiming he's up there with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, including Ronaldo's former teammate Sergio Ramos.

Antoine Griezmann thinks he's already on par with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The French forward felt hard done by, given that he is coming off the back of a World Cup-winning summer, and was part of the team that won the Europa League.

"His ignorance is very bold, "Ramos said to reporters at his pre-match press conference". "When I hear this guy speak, it reminds me of players such as Totti, Raúl, Buffon, Casillas, Maldini, Xavi or Iniesta, players who have won many awards and titles but never a Ballón d'Or".

Atletico Madrid take on Monaco tonight in their opening match of the Champions League, giving Griezmann the flawless setting to back up his heady claims.

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"Cristiano and Messi are above everyone", Forlan told Cadena Ser. "Griezmann is still not at their level".

"There are lots of other players emerging and you have the likes of Neymar and Mbappe, but I am a different type of player and know I must continue to improve". I want to make them grow and I have confidence in them to make me grow'.

The Atleti striker missed out on a place in the top three for this year's The Best FIFA Men's Player award and was not shy in his assessment that he maybe should've been among the contenders.

"Being at that table is a vision I have but I also know that I can do better".

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Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have both made strong starts to the season in Ronaldo's absence but some, including Messi, have said Madrid will still be worse off without the Portuguese.

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