Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann is "destined" to match the likes of FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, according to manager Diego Simeone.
The French star was nominated alongside Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo for UEFA's Best Player in Europe award earlier this year, despite being on the losing side in two major finals in 2015/16 – with Atletico in the Champions League and France in the European Championship.
Although Griezmann has had a slow start to the current campaign, his club manager believes the Frenchman has the qualities to be considered among the best players in the world.
"(Griezmann) knows he is at a wonderful club which is growing every day and a coach who wants him," Simeone said at the launch of his new book, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
"He is destined to be up there with Messi, Ronaldo, and the best in the world."
Simeone also took the opportunity to reassure the Rojiblancos' supporters that he plans to stay at the club beyond this season.
"I'm happy, we have a beautiful stadium to enjoy from next year and I hope to be there," he added.
"When I saw it, I could see why I'm still here. I am much simpler than you think."
The 25-year-old made 54 appearances in all competitions for Atletico last season, scoring 32 goals.
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