The French winger believes the five-time Ballon d’Or winner can be a role model for young athletes.
in their last group stage match on Wednesday. Following a 1-0 victory against Germany in their opening game of the tournament, Les Bleus were held to a shocking 1-1 draw against Hungary on Saturday. Didier Deschamp’s side are leading the Group F table with four points, but they need to defeat Portugal to secure a top spot in the group. In an interview ahead of his side’s battle against Portugal,Antoine Griezmann
for his special qualities as an athlete.
"[He is] a source of inspiration for everyone,"
Griezmann told a news conference.
"It is extraordinary what he is doing at 36 years old. He and Messi, there will be no one like them, we are lucky to meet them on the field.
"He is a complete player, an example for all young and old, he can show the way for many young people."
Griezmann scored France’s equalizer against Hungary on Saturday. The 30- year-old has scored 11 goals in major tournaments for France and he has the chance to break Michel Platini’s record of 14 goals.
Asked about his motivation to break the record, the Barcelona star responded:
"We are talking about a legend. That is not my main objective.
"I would rather win without scoring rather than draw by scoring. I prefer to help the team. If we score, so much the better for everybody."
was a crucial player for France in their victory against Germany. However, the Manchester United midfielder failed to deliver the same quality in his side’s battle against Hungary.
Asked about Pogba’s performance against Hungary, Griezmann responded:
"We are not going to question a player when he was a little less good compared to the last match. It was very hot. Even I was tired,"
"That's how it is. He will have another match against Portugal to prove that he can go on and keep that level against Germany in every game."