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Griezmann beats Messi for award


Griezmann: picked as the best La Liga player last season

By Victor Okoye

Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann was named La Liga player of the season for 2015/16 on Monday, ahead of the likes of star duo Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Atletico’s coach  Diego Simeone also took the coach of the season award while Barcelona’s Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was named the top non-EU player.

Curiously, though, Barca’s Argentina international Messi was recognised as the best forward at the award ceremony in Valencia.

Atletico dominated the awards as Jan Oblak was picked as the best goalkeeper, Diego Godin top defender and Frenchman Griezmann also claimed the fans’ award. Jose Luis Perez Caminero, one of the directors of the club collected the latter award on behalf of Griezmann.

Real Madrid weren’t left empty-handed, though, as Luka Modric was named best midfielder.