Angel-faced Griezmann has been better than Ronaldo, says Lineker

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The Portugal captain must score a hat-trick to match France's golden boy, according to the sports presenter, who also believes Paul Pogba isn't at Zinedine Zidane's level just yet

France’s on-fire striker Antoine Griezmann has outperformed Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo at Euro 2016, according to former England striker Gary Lineker.

The Atletico Madrid frontman scored a double as the hosts recorded a 2-0 victory over Germany in the semi-final to set up Sunday’s showpiece with Portugal.

And with six goals to his name, the 25-year-old has now scored double the amount as his nearest competitors, including Ronaldo.

“Antoine Griezmann will unquestionably be the player of the tournament, unless Ronaldo scores a hat-trick in the final,” wrote Lineker in his Mail on Sunday column.

“He's been a breath of fresh air. He's finished beautifully, his movement is great, as is his touch and he plays delightful football.

“He's diminutive, with that angel-like face. And he's enjoying it. But then you do when it's going well - it's easy to enjoy when the goals are going in and the French team are really enjoying the atmosphere in the stadiums and cities where they play.”

While Griezmann has led the charge in attack, Manchester United-target Paul Pogba has pulled the strings in midfield for France.

However, Lineker believes the 23-year-old has some way to go to match other French legends such as Zinedine Zidane.

“Paul Pogba is still very young at 23. He's far from a Zinedine Zidane or a Michel Platini at present,” he wrote.

“He could turn into that. You can see there's a lot of ability there. He covers the ground well, his technique is very good and he's a threat in the air.

“It's whether he takes the next step up to be a great player. He clearly has bags of potential.”