Antoine the 4th
Following on from Nick’s article & Alan’s effort, I’ve decided to put my own choice of the 4th best player in the world in the mix; Antoine Greizmann.
There is very little argument about the top 3 being Ronaldo, Messi & Neymar, and to be frank about it any arguments to the contrary can only be described as idiotic. There has been a healthy debate amongst the Armchair group as to who we’d award the prestigious 4th spot to and it’s fair to say we couldn’t decide on one. The argument has thrown up 4 contenders. First off, we had Nick’s choice of Toni Kroos, a great shout it must be said. Second, Alan came along with N’Golo Kante, a choice possibly made after sinking two bottles of red it is so ridiculous. Thirdly will be my choice of Atletico’s imperious French striker and I’ll attempt to clarify why I feel he’s deserving of it in the next few paragraphs.
Greizmann’s record for the Spanish capitals second side is something incredible, especially when you take into account that he does play for either of the two great clubs of Real Madrid and Barcelona. Granted Atleti have been dining at the top table for a number of seasons however the sense that they are not quite at the same level as the afore mentioned clubs still rings through. 2013/14 saw Greizmann notch 20 goals in 50 appearances for Real Sociedad. It was these seasons exploits that earned him a move to the Spanish capital where he followed up the next three seasons with 53 & 25, 54 & 32 and 53 & 26. Four strong seasons, one with a much inferior team shows his ability is unquestionable. I’ve no doubt that any of the top three could bang in these stats however there are only a few others I could see replicating this form at such a high level.
The Frenchman’s form in the international arena is something that makes him stand out from the would be 4th spotters. 17 goals in 45 appearances is certainly nothing to be scoffed at. He’s been instrumental in the French camp over the past two or three seasons.
A difficult exercise to try and distinguish a single, outstanding, player below the level of the top three it is and many a player a case can be made for. I’ve made the case for Antoine!