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Check out: 4 world-class players who are out of form

Several players had a shorter preseason than they had hoped after a delayed season-ending and a busy summer with international football.

A few players have hit the ground running, however. European stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku were in top form during the summer. Despite moving to different clubs, they have carried forward this form.

In the meantime, a few other big-name players are yet to find their groove this season. Here is a look at four such players, in no particular order:

Number 4 Antoine Griezmann

Surprisingly, Griezmann has yet to return to the international stage this season despite a lean spell domestically.

France's Antoine Griezmann has scored three goals in as many World Cup qualifying games this month after scoring once in the Euro 2020 campaign. However, his decent club form from last season has not carried over to his international campaigns.

The Frenchman was expected to lead Barcelona's charge after Lionel Messi's retirement. However, he failed to score or assist in Barcelona's first three league games. Griezmann was soon sent out to Atletico Madrid, on a two-year loan deal.

A FIFA World Cup winner is yet to register a goal contribution in four games across all competitions, including his old club. 

Griezmann's poor early-season form shouldn't concern manager Diego Simeone just yet, as the holders are two points adrift of Real Madrid after six games. Nevertheless, the Frenchman will look to open his account soon and help Atletico keep within touching distance of the early pacesetters.

Number 3 Jan Oblak

At present, Jan Oblak is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world

In the Rojiblancos' first La Liga title since 2007, Oblak made 38 appearances, conceding only 25 goals to win his fifth Zamora trophy in six years. But the Slovenian has not been at his best this season, surrendering five goals in six games while keeping only two clean sheets.

Although that is not alarming, Diego Simeone will hope his star man can hit his stride soon. Atletico will need to regain their defensive resilience if they are to retain their La Liga title this season.

Number 2 Harry Kane

The winger had one of his best seasons in club football last season -- 33 goals and 17 assists across competitions -- and followed that up with a stellar Euro 2020 campaign, scoring four goals to help England reach their first major final in over five decades.

Kane has struggled to get going this season after failing to score in his first seven matches. He has scored three goals in seven games but none in the Premier League.

Kane struggled to adjust to the league's new system following a short offseason, and that has continued so far in the current season.

Tottenham enjoyed a rousing start to the season, winning their first three games without conceding to go top of the table. But Spurs' early-season form cooled off, and they fell to successive 3-0 defeats in their next two games

Kane must rediscover his mojo soon as Nuno Espirito Santo's men hope to stay within touching distance of the top teams

Number 1 Lionel Messi

This summer, Lionel Messi experienced contrasting emotions. At Copa America 2021, Argentina ended a near three-decade drought, as Messi scored four goals and provided five assists.

PSG quickly snatched up Messi, whose 17-year stint at Camp Nou came to an end when he returned to Barcelona from a vacation. La Liga's financial fair play rules meant that Barcelona would not be granting him a new contract.

Messi has yet to score for PSG despite being regarded as one of the best players of all time. The Argentine has not found match fitness and is clearly out of shape. 

He has struck the woodwork twice, but he has not looked at his fluent best. Messi's indifferent form is hardly a matter of concern for manager Mauricio Pochettino, though.

That's because a star-studded PSG is already seven points clear at the top of Ligue 1 this early in the season. Although they were held to a draw at Club Brugge in their Champions League opener, PSG is expected to make another deep run in the competition.

It is surely only a matter of time before Messi rediscovers his stride and wreaks havoc with his attacking colleagues Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

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