“Why Antoine Griezmann was Snubbed by UNFP Trophies for Best French Player Abroad: The Inside Story”

2023-05-30 09:50:47

Antoine Griezmann’s brother was surprised at the absence of the Atlético de Madrid striker among the finalists for the best French player abroad trophy at the UNFP trophies on Sunday.

Karim Benzema won the trophy for best French player abroad for the fourth year in a row, on Sunday at the UNFP Trophies. The Real Madrid striker had a great season (30 goals in 42 games) but a little less flamboyant than the previous one which gave him the Golden Ball. Despite this, he got more votes than the other finalists: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Théo Hernandez (AC Milan), Mike Maignan (AC Milan) and Randal Kolo Muani (Frankfurt).

Chosen by the players

A cast that did not please Théo Griezmann, brother of Antoine, author of a very big season with Atlético de Madrid (16 goals, 15 decisive goals in 47 games). “Who’s him UNFP?”, He launched on Twitter in an ironic message accompanied by a photo of the French international.

If Theo Griezmann seems to be targeting the players’ union, the awards are granted after the votes of all the players in the French championship. “According to the regulations, it is, in fact, the professional footballers who elect, division by division, the best of them, specifies the UNFP on its website. This also applies to women, coaches and referees. You should know that regional delegates go to Ligue 1 Uber Eats and Ligue 2 BKT clubs with tablets to vote on individual players.”

Coaches are also invited to comment. “The announcement of the nominees is made by the UNFP by putting the five nominees forward, in order to ‘increase the pressure’ a few days before the ceremony, further specifies the regulations. It is therefore not a question of the choice of the UNFP, of a kind of pre-list… but of the emanation of the vote of each college. So it was the players who elected Benzema and snubbed Griezmann. The latter had been chosen by his peers as the best foreign player when the trophy was created in 2016. N’Golo Kanté also won it twice (2017, 2018) before Benzema got his hands on the next four ( 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023, edition canceled in 2020.

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