Sergio Ramos responds to Antoine Griezmann's bold claim

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Only the best players eat at this "top table" with the general consensus that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been dining there together, alone, for the best part of a decade.

Now, the feud has kicked up again after the outspoken Frenchman declared he was on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

One man who believes that Messi and Ronaldo are not alone amongst the footballing elite is Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, with the recent World Cup victor telling AS that the forward "already sits where Messi and Cristiano are".

"I think the Ballon d'Or has more prestige, more history".

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Griezmann also teased Ramos after Atletico beat Real Madrid 4-2 to win the UEFA Super Cup in August.

Atletico Madrid ace Antoine Griezmann is adamant he's as good as any player on the planet.

"It is clear that I am a different player than Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar or [Kylian] Mbappe. At that table, there are nice pictures I have, and I enjoy it there, but I know that I can get better".

Griezmann has scored just once for Atleti this season as they have taken only five points from 12 in their worst start under Simeone, but after suffering a tough period previous year he said he believed things could turn.

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"I seek to be as complete as possible".

"We have the ambition to play in the best competitions and to finish on the podium in the league". I'm not going to score 50 goals, but I'm looking to help offensively and work for the team.

"Saying no to Barcelona gives greatness to Atletico, Cholo [Simeone], my team-mates", he said.

"The squad they have doesn't have too many differences to Barça's and Madrid's".

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They represent a lot across the world. "They are a great team, with great players, we will try to do the best we can". "It's a dream come true [to play against him]", he said.

Atletico's disappointing start to the new La Liga season continued on Saturday as they drew 1-1 with Eibar, with Monaco up next for Simeone's men in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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