Griezmann, 23, emerged as one of the star players of the past season, guiding the Bianconerri to the Champions League final where they eventually fell to a Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid on that memorable night in Cardiff.
"If I wasn't called Cristiano Ronaldo I wouldn't be here", Ronaldo also reportedly told the court according to Spanish media. The Argentina global has won the Ballon d'Or five times during his Barcelona career, with Neymar yet to win his first, but he insisted that he has not made the move to Paris in order to be a big fish in a small pond and be the superstar of a Champions League club.
However, his side failed to record a victory during a pre-season tour of the United States that included a high-profile friendly encounter with Jose Mourinho's United in Santa Clara, California.
The UEFA awards will crown the best Goalkeeper, Defender, Midfielder and Forward of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season.
Spanish champions Real, who won Europe's elite club competition for the second year in a row, were awarded half the total slots on the shortlist.
"Our players don't have a wealth of experience of big European matches".
"Phil Jones is also unavailable due to another UEFA punishment that was announced earlier this week".
Their reported interest in French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe has yet to materialise, however. Despite that, Mourinho managed to win 3 trophies last season with Manchester United in his first season in charge.
This is Real Madrid's sixth time participating in the game, while it's Manchester United's fourth time playing in the match.
The world's most expensive player, Neymar, rejected claims that he has joined Paris Saint-Germain simply for the money that the Ligue 1 club offered him, insisting that he is excited about the challenge ahead to try and make them the biggest club in the world.