Griezmann: "Simeone has completely transformed me"

In an interview with Eurosport, the French striker admitted that "he needs to win titles to be linked with the likes of Messi and Cristiano".

Griezmann: "Simeone has completely transformed me"

Antoine Griezmann spoke to Eurosport where the French striker focused on his current situation with Atlético Madrid, the French national team and his possibilities of winning the Balón D'or.

Football Soccer - Spanish Liga Santander - Atletico Madrid v Granada - Vicente Calderon stadium, Madrid, Spain, 15/10/16 Atletico Madrid's Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco celebrates with team mate Antoine Griezmann after scoring his third goal.

The French striker feels that he is still some way from being compared to the likes of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as to be "linked with these players I need to win titles. My aim is to help my club and the French team to go as far as they can and to improve on what we achieved last year. For the first time in my career I scored seven goals in the month of September when I normally just chalk one or two. I aim to maintain this level", claimed the 25 year old.


Griezmann added, "Barça and Real Madrid generate more headlines and each year we manage to compete well with them. Last season after 36 games we were tied on points with Barça and reached the final of the Champions League".

Simeone has been a major influence on the development of the French player since his move from Real Sociedad. Griezmann confesses that, "Simeone has completely transformed me, he motivates me and I'm delighted to have him as coach. I'm playing in a more central role and it's fascinating to learn from him and his views on the game".

Griezmann also focused on his role with the French national team and that he has put the disappointment of losing the final of Euro 2016 behind him and is now focused securing Russia World Cup 2018 qualification for "Les Bleus".