Griezmann ‘wants to match Messi & CR7’

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has revealed that “I'm working hard to reach Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's level”.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a successful conversion from a winger to a centre forward, as seen by his 25 goals last season, and he has now set his sights on matching the achievements of his Barcelona and Real Madrid adversaries.

“The club have made ​​a great effort in signing some very good players, but the team haven't forgotten that they must work hard in every game,” he told Onda Cero.

“I haven't set myself a goals target, although I'd like to score more than 25, which was the figure I reached last season. I'm working hard to reach Messi and Ronaldo's level

“It's normal that the fans want us to be champions again. We signed 10 new players last summer and it was difficult to repeat the season before, but we still had a good season, finishing third.

“This season, we want to improve and achieve more. We don't feel any pressure but we know our quality. We'd love to win every trophy, but you must first think about winning one game at a time.

“I've read things from people who thought I'd leave this summer, but I'm very happy here and if the club wants me to stay then that's great.

“I hated Raul Garcia when I played against him, but as a teammate he was a star.

“The [Vicente] Calderon is like my garden. I'm surrounded by the people who support me and I always go out to give everything.

“Cholo [Diego Simeone] is very close to the players and we know when we've done something wrong or if we're not where we should be. We talk often.”

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