“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.