Diego Simeone hits out at FIFA after Antoine Griezmann and Jan Oblak snubs

It wouldn’t be a FIFA awards night without some controversy.

Despite enjoying success both domestically and internationally last season, newly crowned World Champion Antoine Griezmann couldn’t land a podium finish at ‘The Best’ awards.

Instead, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah were all selected for the Best Fifa Men’s Player Award.

That wasn’t the end of that matter for Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone though.

Like Griezmann’s snub, Simeone was far from impressed by the omission of Jan Oblak on the goalkeeper’s shortlist.

Instead, the Slovenian international made way for new Real Madrid shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois.

This also didn’t sit well with the 48-year-old.

Antoine Griezmann

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JULY 10: Antoine Griezmann of France celebrates following his sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Antoine Greizmann overlooked by FIFA

“Griezmann is world champion, European Super Cup champion and Europa League champion.

“He has finished second in the Spanish League, where we play Real Madrid and Barcelona, who between them are continually winning the Champions League, and he was the best player in the World Cup final.

“Griezmann in this last year was the best in the world. It’s a shame that he’s not among the finalist [for the Best Fifa award]. The truth is that I feel sorry for the boy, it makes you feel a little disappointed.”

On paper, it is hard to argue with Simeon’s grievance.

Greizmann, in particular, has enjoyed a stellar past 12 months for both Atletico and France.

Despite speculation surrounding a move to Barcelona, the 27-year-old has been a key man for Los Colchoneros.

Guiding Atletico to a second place finish in La Liga and finishing above Real, Griezmann also lifted the Europa League back in May.

In fact, he grabbed a brace and was awarded with the Man of the Match award in the tournament’s final.

Adding to an increasingly impressive CV, the Frenchman played a huge part in France’s success this summer.

Scoring four goals out in Russia, Greizmann also won the biggest prize of all, the FIFA World Cup.

While he certainly won’t be crowned as FIFA’s Men’s Player of the Year, Greizmann has been included on the 55-player shortlist for the Fifa FIFPro World XI.

Diego Simeone vs Thibaut Courtois

GIRONA, SPAIN – AUGUST 26: Thibaut Courtois of Real Madrid CF looks on from the bench prior to the La Liga match between Girona FC and Real Madrid CF at Montilivi Stadium on August 26, 2018 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Simeone’s gripe didn’t end with his French talisman.

Another Atletico man to be overlooked during the award season is goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

FIFA instead opted for Gianluigi Buffon, Thibaut Courtois, David De Gea, Keylor Navas and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The inclusion of Real Madrid’s new goalkeeper also caused some controversy.

With the Slovenian international keeping a staggering 29 clean sheets in 49 games last season, Simeone feels his exclusion is an oversight.

“The world talks about Oblak as the best goalkeeper. Courtois wouldn’t get in the team because Oblak is better.”

Although Courtois made a £35million move to the Bernabeu over the summer, he has had to play second choice to Keylor Navas.

Spending three successful years under Simeone before heading to Chelsea, Courtois’ move to Real Madrid was badly received by sections of Atletico’s fans.

Also see:

Antoine Griezmann on Inter Miami: “If Beckham wants me in his club, then I’ll go”

Antoine Griezmann explains why he turned down Barcelona

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