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Griezmann beats Messi and Ronaldo for La Liga player of the season

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann was named La Liga player of the season for 2015/16 on Monday, ahead of the likes of star duo Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann

Atletico’s Diego Simeone also took the coach of the season award while Barcelona’s Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was named the top non-EU player.

Curiously, though, Barca’s Argentina international Messi was recognised as the best forward at the award ceremony in Valencia.

Atletico dominated the awards as Jan Oblak was best goalkeeper, Diego Godin top defender and Frenchman Griezmann also claimed the fans’ award.

Real Madrid weren’t left empty-handed, though, as Luka Modric was named best midfielder.

The 25-year-old was announced as the winner in Valencia on Monday, but did not attend the glittering awards ceremony in person.

It was a night of unprecedented success for Atletico – their manager Diego Simeone won the best coach award while Jan Oblak and Diego Godin were named best goalkeeper and defender respectively.

Griezmann, such a vital figure for both club and country, scored 22 goals in 38 La Liga games last season, adding six assists without missing a game.

The mercurial talent also helped Atletico to the final of the Champions League where they were beaten on penalties by city rivals Real. He then took that form into Euro 2016 where he was top scorer with six goals, three clear of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Griezmann’s impressive displays and goals fired France to the final of their tournament on home soil where they found only Ronaldo and Portugal one too good for them at the Stade de France.

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was named as best forward after the Catalan giants swept to another domestic title success. Real’s Croatian ace Luka Modric took home the best midfielder gong.

It meant there was no recognition for either of Barcelona’s Neymar or Luis Suarez despite their heroics for the Nou Camp side last season.

Team captains voted for the top players in each position, while a data analysis system generated the overall best player award.


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