Griezmann not deserving of Euro 2016 award, says former star

Date published: Tuesday 12th July 2016 1:47

Antoine Griezmann: Won both awards

Antoine Griezmann: Won both awards

Antoine Griezmann was not deserving of the Player of the Tournament award at Euro 2016, according to Frank Leboeuf.

The Atletico Madrid forward was crowned top scorer with six goals and claimed the coveted Player of the Tournament gong after helping France into the final.

But former France and Chelsea defender Leboeuf insists that Portugal central defender Pepe, who kept Griezmann quiet in the final, was more deserving of the award.

Griezmann made the difference for France in the knockout stages with goals in the wins over Republic of Ireland, Iceland and Germany, but was unable to find the net in the final against Portugal as the hosts were beaten in extra time and he was in fact dropped for the second group game along with Paul Pogba.

UEFA though picked the 25-year-old as the star of the tournament, yet Leboeuf feels the attacker was not consistent enough to take the individual award home.

“I like Griezmann a lot, but he was not the player of the tournament. I do not agree with this choice,” Leboeuf told RMC.

“We have to be critical. We only saw him from the quarter-finals on. He got two chances in the final, but he did not take them. We did not see too much of him otherwise.

Pepe, Ronaldo

“But UEFA has always worked like this. They always give man of the match to the player who scored, too.

“For me, there was someone like Pepe, you had Gareth Bale who led Wales the way. There were a number of players who showed a lot of quality.

“Pepe was in great form right from the start until the very end. Griezmann on the other hand was dropped for the second game.”

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