Antoine Griezmann brushed off comparisons to France great Zinedine Zidane.

The Atletico Madrid forward was just seven years old when Zidane scored twice to help France lift the World Cup on home soil in 1998, and 20 years later Griezmann has been hailed as one of the country’s talismanic figures in Russia.

As part of a formidable front four alongside Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi and Kylian Mbappe, Griezmann has scored three goals and assisted two, earning him the nickname ‘Grizou’ – a moniker inspired by ‘Zizou’, as Zidane is known across France.

Griezmann described France’s defence as key to their chances of clinching the country’s second World Cup victory on Sunday, backing himself, Giroud and Mbappe to continue their good form in attack.

France have conceded four goals in six games en route to the final, three of which were scored by Argentina in a thrilling 4-3 victory in the round of 16.

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