Antoine Griezmann is holding out hope to win the Ballon d’Or when the prestigious award is announced next year, says the scout who helped discover the Atletico Madrid forward.
Griezmann has experienced a spectacular 2016 thus far, helping lead Atletico and the France national team to the Champions League and European Championship finals, respectively, this summer.
Though his sides failed to win either title, Griezmann’s performances have seen him named a finalist for the coveted prize. And Eric Olhats, who was one of the first to recognise the former Real Sociedad man’s talent, confirmed those in his inner circle are optimistic about his chances of winning a trophy dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo since 2008.
“I said on RMC, ‘We will not have it, it will not be for us this year. It will be Ronaldo,’” Olhats said. “But this phrase was taken out of context.
“I said that while explaining that Ronaldo would have if it was essentially based on the best of the year.
“Antoine would hope that European journalists vote with a reasoning that goes beyond that establishing a ranking of players on the mere basis of their annual list.
“Fortunately, there are other criteria that come into play, such as individual performance.
“From there, we think he obviously has a chance. The Griezmann clan has certainly not given up.”