Antoine Griezmann’s hope for Ballon d’Or individuals biggest price vanishes as he again failed to score against Barcelona
It was the same story as always for Atletico against Barça in the last league game on saturday ; initially, they tried to stay on the greater margins against the league champions, but ultimately had no player with the authority to assert some dominance and help them stay in front.
Antoine Griezmann has been the principal advocate of his own candidacy for the Ballon d’Or this year. Yet repeatedly failed to align on same level with benchmark setter Messi, it is more than reasonable to expect that he should lead at least one league game against his team’s rival for the biggest domestic prize.
However, Griezmann has never scored a league goal for Atleti against Barça, let alone driven them towards a win.
This weekend, a face-off with the dominant side in La Liga over the past decade passed him by once again.
In the first half, his passes were tidy but never cutting, while in the second period he became, at times, a negative influence to the team.