Griezmann named La Liga player of year, Diego Simeone top coach

VALENCIA, Spain -- Antoine Griezmann has won the best player award in the Spanish league for last season.

The Atletico Madrid forward was announced as the winner in a ceremony organised by La Liga in Valencia on Monday. The Frenchman was not at the ceremony, however.

Atletico also saw Diego Simeone win the best coach award, Diego Godin earn the best defender award, and Jan Oblak clinch best goalkeeper.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi was selected as the best forward, and Real Madrid's Luka Modric as the best midfielder.

Team captains voted for the top players in each position, while a data-analysis system generated the best player award.

"It is a privilege to be here to receive this award, which would not have been possible without the help of my colleagues," said Godin of his honour.

Barcelona won the Spanish league last season, ahead of Real Madrid and Atletico.