Marco Reus and Antonie Griezmann are the standout players for Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid. They’re simply critical to their team’s success. When they’re missing, the creative spark and the intricate skill disappears. Both are clearly world-class players but today we’re asking the question; Reus vs Griezmann: Who’s the better all-round talent?
Reus vs Griezmann: The case for the Dortmund superstar
Is is any coincidence that Dortmund’s rise to the top of the Bundesliga has coincided with Reus’s first lengthy spell without injury? At 29, Marco Reus is doing what he does best; carving up opposition defences. His stats alone are simply incredible. This season he’s played 10 Bundesliga matches. In those 10 games, he’s managed 6 goals and 3 assists. In an injury hit 2017/2018 campaign, Reus managed just 11 games. In just 935 minutes of playing time, he still scored 7 goals.
Therein lies the genius of Marco Reus. Once fit, he’ll tear defences apart. He’s the perfect team player. Throughout his career, he’s been as happy to create chances for others than shoot himself. A series of injuries has denied us seeing the consistent brilliance of Reus. He’s only managed over 25 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund twice since joining them from Mönchengladbach. However, in those two seasons where he was relatively fit, he scored a total of 30 goals and recorded 22 assists in just 53 games. No other player could come close to that.
It’s a recurring theme, but injury and Marco Reus often go together. We often talk about players that miss a World Cup final due to a suspension or injury, but what about players that miss their country winning the World Cup? That was Marco Reus’ fate. He watched on as his club teammate, Mario Gotze, scored the goal that captured Germany glory. One hopes that Reus will get one last chance in 2022. In the meantime, Dortmund will continue to enjoy the services of a creative mastermind.
Reus vs Griezmann: The case for the French genius
In professional football, there is no higher accolade that being called a World Cup winner. At the age of 27, Antoine Griezmann has written himself in to the history books. An integral part of Didier Deschamps team, Griezmann excelled in Russia. The attacker’s vision, attacking threat and close control were all visible as France steamrolled to a second World Cup triumph. His 4 goals and 2 assists in 7 matches showed his importance to the team.
Griezmann’s achievements for Atletico Madrid are even more impressive when you consider how conservative Diego Simeone’s team can often play. An emphasis on being solid at the back sometimes comes at an attacking price. Griezmann is sometimes left feeding off scraps, but still manages to record incredible stats. In 32 appearances last season, he scored 19 goals and had 9 assists. To put that in to perspective, Atletico scored a rand total of 58 goals in La Liga in 2017/2018 meaning Griezmann was involved in half the goals they scored. Barca scored 99 and Real 94 to provide further context.
Consistency is guaranteed with Griezmann. In the 2016/2017 season, he scored 16 and laid on 8 assists. While in the 2015/2016 season, he scored an incredible 22 goals and provided 5 assists. The latter was achieved in just 29 starts in the league. His influence in Europe has been significant, too. 6 goals and 2 assists in just 8 games last season was a major contributing factor to Atletico winning the Europa League. The French attacker is a world-class talent. Whether he stays at Atletico or moves to new pastures, the one guarantee is that Griezmann will continue to perform at the very highest level.
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