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Griezmann: "It's normal that Cristiano won the UEFA award"

“I was happy to represent France and Atlético Madrid. I want to return again and I’ll do everything possible to get it,” Griezmann said at a press conference
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Antoine Griezmann spoke to the media at a France press conference on Tuesday, ahead of his country’s international friendly match against Italy later this week.

Asked about the UEFA Best Player in Europe prize, which Cristiano Ronaldo won ahead of Griezmann and Gareth Bale last Thursday, the Atlético Madrid striker said: “It’s normal that Cristaino won the trophy this season.”

"I want to return again..."

“I was happy to represent France and Atlético Madrid. I want to return again and I’ll do everything possible to get it.”

France's forward Antoine Griezmann addresses a press conference in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, near Paris, on August 30, 2016. France will face Italy in an international friendly football match on September 1, 2016 in Bari.

Real Madrid striker Ronaldo won the award with 40 votes, ahead of the seven received by Bale and eight received by Griezmann.

Varane and Gameiro

Griezmann also spoke about the return of Raphael Varane and Kevin Gameiro to the French squad. “I haven’t talked to him much, but we can see he’s content. It’s good for us,” he remarked about the Madrid centre-back.

“We’ve only played two games together,” added Griezmann on his Atléti teammate Gameiro. “We have to gain certain automatisms, but it’ll certainly be worth the effort to get to know each other more and it could be an advantage to play in the same club”