In 2018, star striker Antoine Griezmann won both the Europa League with Atlético Madrid and the World Cup with France. Having played a crucial role for both teams, it arguably could have been the Frenchman who deserved to win that year's Ballon d’Or.
Griezmann left the Basque club Real Sociedad in 2014 in favour of Atlético Madrid. It didn't take long before the hard-working striker showed quality on the pitch with his beautiful style of play. Lying behind the main striker, the Frenchman thrived in a free creative role where he would both assist and score many goals. His world-class status at Atlético earned him a move to FC Barcelona in 2019, where he continues to play today.