Griez­mann — Europe’s busiest player

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Atletico Madrid’s France striker An­toine Griez­mann played 63 games this sea­son rack­ing up 5,454 min­utes on the pitch, mak­ing him the most used player in Europe, the In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre for Sports Stud­ies (CIES) said yes­ter­day.

Griez­mann, thought to be close to a trans­fer to Manch­ester United, played all but two league games and racked up 12 Cham­pi­ons League matches com­bined with do­mes­tic cup and in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ances to top the heap of most min­utes played.

Leicester City’s Nige­rian de­fender Wil­fred Ndidi, with 61 games and 5,290 min­utes was sec­ond, whilst an­other Atletico stal­wart, Koke, came third with 62 games (5,274 min­utes).

The study counted all games from play­ers in the top five leagues in Europe: Eng­land, France, Ger­many, Por­tu­gal and Spain.

The CIES is lo­cated in Neucha­tel, Switzer­land, and was cre­ated as a joint ven­ture be­tween the Fifa and the lo­cal univer­sity.

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