Antoine Griezmann has insisted he was happier to have won the World Cup than the Ballon d’Or after missing out to Luka Modric.
The France international forward helped his nation win the competition in Russia this summer but came third behind Modric, who also reached the final, in Monday night’s ceremony.
It was the first time anyone had broken up the hegemony of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in a decade. Griezmann himself came third.
The Atletico Madrid star had openly admitted he was keen to win the individual honour this year but said after the ceremony: ‘I am very happy with my year 2018.
‘I won the Europa League, I won the Super Cup and the World Cup so it’s a great year.
‘A little disappointed [to miss out on the Ballon d’Or] but it was a big night to celebrate the winners so I had to be there.’
And asked whether he’d rather have won the World Cup or the Ballon d’Or, Griezmann insisted: ‘The World Cup!’
He also suggested that he would win the Ballon d’Or in the future: ‘I think if I keep working the way I am, why not?
‘But I’m on the right track, I’ve claimed two podiums so we have to keep going like this.’
Griezmann and Atletico take on Sant Andreu in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday before a La Liga clash with high-flying Alaves on Saturday afternoon.