Antoine Griezmann: ‘The Ballon d’Or motivates me’

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has admitted he dreams of winning the Ballon d’Or award: “I’m not afraid of saying it.”

The 27-year-old won the World Cup with France over the summer and was named Man of the Match in the final 4-2 victory over Croatia.

“I actually do,” Griezmann told ESPN FC when asked if he dreams of winning the award.

“I'm not afraid of saying it. I dream of the Ballon d'Or, of the Champions League, of winning the World Cup. I dream of a lot of things.

“I dream of having three children. Those dreams motivate you when you wake up each morning and you have goals to achieve.

“On a personal level, that's the highest you can get, it's the most historic award, the most prestigious one.

“However, I also am a player who thinks collectively over individually, but it would be nice for myself, because of everything I've gone through, especially after having to separate myself from my family at 3 years old.

“Since I was 3 until 18 years of age, when I signed my first professional contract, those were tough moments. Only because of that it would be incredible for my parents, my siblings and for myself.”

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