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Stats Don’t Lie! ‘Cold-blooded’ Antoine Griezmann Is On The Same Level With Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo

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There’s no denying the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are both arguably the best two players in the world at the moment. And whilst there’s a lot of accolades and medals for Mo Salah of Liverpool for his exploits this year, he is unfortunately not Messi or Ronaldo. With different players performance and talent, no sports analysts will argue with the fact that the one player that has consistently perform to the same of the famed duo is Antoine Griezmann.Griezmann scored twice as Atletico Madrid swept aside Marseille in Lyon to win the Europa League for the third time in nine years. France forward Griezmann opened the scoring by punishing Andre Zambo Anguissa’s poor touch to coolly slot home, then casually dinked in a second. Atletico have been one of Europe’s most consistent teams in recent seasons, breaking Barcelona and Real Madrid’s stranglehold on La Liga by claiming the title in 2013-14.Second in the Spanish top flight with one match remaining, they are on course for a top-three finish for the sixth straight season and have appeared in two Champions League finals in that period, losing on both occasions to city rivals Real.With manager Diego Simeone in the stands – serving a four-game ban for being sent off in the semi-final against Arsenal – Atletico repelled Marseille’s early thrusts and produced a performance which has become a trademark under the Argentine.Griezmann’s clinical double took his tally for the club this season to 30 before Gabi added the third as the Ligue 1 club tried in vain to breach a backline that has conceded just 33 goals in 58 games all campaign.“I am very happy,” said Griezmann. “I have been working to experience such a moment for many years. I left home when I was 14 for that. We will celebrate. My family is here. I don’t know how to describe the finish, perhaps cold-blooded.” Atletico conclude their league season against Eibar on Sunday, and it remains to be seen if that is Griezmann’s last game for the club as he has been heavily linked with Barcelona. Barca know that Griezmann like Neymar is the next best thing to Messi or Ronaldo.Photo Credit: Getty

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