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“Cour­tois went to Real Madrid and earned the ti­tle of be­ing the best goal­keeper in the world, but when he was with us Key­lor Navas won the prize when he was at Le­vante... It’s much more dif­fi­cult to play at Atletico than at other places be­cause our story has al­ways been more about work and ef­fort.” - Diego Sime­one thinks Griez­mann should have won the Bal­lon d’Or but be­lieves Atletico Madrid play­ers are less likely to be cho­sen for in­di­vid­ual awards us­ing an ex­am­ple from the 2013/ 14 La Liga best goal­keeper award.

“It’s a pity that a French­man did not win. Maybe the Euro­pean Cup is more im­por­tant than the World Cup.” - An­toine Griez­mann joked about the Euro­pean Cup be­ing more im­por­tant than the World Cup af­ter Luka Mo­dric won the Bal­lon d’Or. Griez­mann fin­ished third in the Bal­lon d’Or stand­ings be­hind Ron­aldo.

“The jour­ney has been very long and tough, but be­cause of that I am even hap­pier about all that is hap­pen­ing now… It is true that I have had to win a lot for this to hap­pen, such as three Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle in a row and reach­ing the World Cup with a na­tion as small as Croa­tia, some­thing that was unimag­in­able. Only then have oth­ers re­alised that football isn't just goals, goals and goals.” - Bal­lon d’Or win­ner Luka Mo­dric has cred­ited his suc­cess this year on hard work and be­lieves peo­ple have re­al­ized that football isn’t just goals.

“To play the Copa Lib­er­ta­dores 10,000 kilo­me­tres away from home is shame­ful be­cause our sup­port­ers have been robbed of the chance to watch it.” - River Plate boss Marcelo Gal­lardo hit out against CONMEBOL’s de­ci­sion to move the sec­ond leg of the Copa Lib­er­ta­dores fi­nal to Madrid.

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