Atleti’s number ‘8’ continues to put in a stellar performance at the tournament, where his performances have made him a standout star for the French national team

Antoine Griezmann, who provided assists for both goals on Saturday to help France beat England and book their place in the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup, once again demonstrated that he is one of the standout stars of this year’s tournament. 

Plenty of chances but no finished product

The Rojiblanco number’8′ continues to break records and bring Les Bleues ever closer to retaining their world crown, a milestone that has only happened twice in the history of the World Cups, the last one being 60 years ago (Italy 1934-1938 and Brazil 1958-1962).  

Having opened his assist account for the winner against Denmark in the group stage. Griezmann is the tournament’s top assist man (3), level with Portugal’s Bruno Fernandes and England’s Harry Kane.

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You wouldn’t bet against the Frenchman increasing that tally this week, with France having two games left to play this World Cup, and his closest rivals for the top assists award already eliminated from the competition. These three assists have also made him the all-time top assist man for Les Bleus with 28, ahead of 27 for Thierry Henry and 26 for Zinedine Zidane. 

Griezmann also leads the overall rankings in Qatar in terms of key passes (17) and great chances created (6) and within his national team he is the player with the most crosses (34). The most attempted breakaways (82) and the most completed line breaks (63). All this in what is his third World Cup, having made his debut in Brazil 2014 – in the summer in which he joined Atleti – and having won the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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