Antoine Griezmann, his contribution to Atlético | UEFA Champions League

After two years of absence, Antoine Griezmann returned to Atlético de Madrid on mortgage in August 2021, a membership with which he scored 94 objectives in 180 Spanish La Liga video games between 2014 and 2019 earlier than being transferred there once more definitively in October 2022.

The French striker was instrumental within the Rojiblancos’ journey to the 2016 UEFA Champions League remaining and their 2018 UEFA Europa League and UEFA Tremendous Cup victories, in addition to in France’s run to the UEFA EURO 2016 remaining (the place he was named Participant of the Match) and the triumph of Les Bleus on the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A glance again at his exploits.

What they are saying


Griezmann made a reputation for himself at Actual SociedadAFP through Getty Pictures

He is a crucial participant in a group that should be champions, each with France and with Atlético. He is aware of precisely when to choose the decisive moments. When sharp and bodily match, nobody on this planet can perceive and interpret soccer like him.
Diego Simeone, Atlético de Madrid, coach

You may see the affect he has by the objectives he scores and the assists he makes. We should add to this the power he has to vary the course of the match, whereas returning to adjust to defensive duties. He is likely one of the biggest gamers of all time, each in Europe and on this planet.
Didier Deschamps, France, coach

Antoine is likely one of the finest gamers on this planet. He’s an clever, intelligent and really proficient footballer. He’s additionally superb within the aerial area. It’s important to keep watch over him as a result of he has the power to lose you at any second.
Adil Rami, defender of Troyes and former teammate within the France group

He’s all the time completely happy; It is a deal with to have him as a participant. Regardless of the stress he has, he all the time has a smile, tries to have enjoyable and it is a breath of recent air.
Philippe Montanier, former coach at Actual Sociedad

Stability sheet

Nationwide choice : 110 matches, 42 objectives
UEFA membership competitions : 96 video games, 37 objectives
Nationwide competitions : 521 matches, 197 objectives

With Atlético

Antoine Griezmann Participant of the Europa League 2017/18

• Atlético lifted the €30m exit clause to convey Griezmann from San Sebastian facet Actual Sociedad in the summertime of 2014, with coach Simeone saying: “Antoine is an excellent participant. He is actually quick and he will give us a whole lot of attacking choices. »

• His 26 UEFA Champions League objectives make him the Rojiblancos’ all-time prime scorer within the Champions League/European Cup. He surpassed membership legend Luis Aragonés’ file by signing his 13e objective for Atlético within the competitors in a 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen on 21 February 2017.

• He scored the decisive objective as Atlético beat Bayern Munich on away objectives to succeed in the 2016 UEFA Champions League remaining. The Frenchman missed a penalty within the remaining.

• The striker overtook Sergio Aguero as Atleti’s prime scorer in UEFA competitors by signing his 21e continental objective for Atlético towards Arsenal within the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League semi-finals.

• Griezmann added two extra objectives to his tally within the Rojiblancos’ 3-0 victory over Marseille within the remaining to say the primary European trophy of his profession.

• The Maconnais netted his one centesimal league objective for the membership in a slender 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao in October 2022.

With France

Antoine Griezmann: prime scorer at EURO 2016

• His six objectives received him the UEFA EURO 2016 Golden Boot, though the expertise was bitter when hosts France misplaced 1-0 within the remaining to Portugal. “Possibly I am going to really feel proud later,” he stated.

• Adopted the 2018 World Cup by discovering the online 4 occasions, together with within the remaining towards Croatia, to assist France elevate the trophy for the second time. Griezmann was named Man of the Match in Moscow and was awarded the Bronze Ball because the third finest participant of the event.

• Turned the ninth participant to succeed in 100 caps for Les Bleus as they beat Spain within the UEFA Nations League remaining. Lilian Thuram is essentially the most capped Frenchman with 142 caps.

• A late penalty in an 8-0 win over Kazakhstan in a World Cup qualifier in November 2021 took Griezmann to 42 objectives for France, yet one more than legend Michel Platinum.

Do you know ?

• He has soccer in his blood. His maternal grandfather Amaro Lopes performed for native facet Paços de Ferreira in his native Portugal earlier than shifting to France for work. His mom, Isabelle, was born in France however the connection to Portugal remained, with Griezmann spending his summer season holidays in his grandfather’s hometown.

• Having moved to the opposite facet of the Pyrenees since he was 13, Griezmann says he has adopted sure Spanish traits, explaining: “I feel in French and I get offended in Spanish. »

Griezmann attends the game between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers in London 2018

Griezmann attends the sport between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers in London 2018Getty Pictures

• Though he loves soccer and often feedback on social media whereas watching matches, soccer shouldn’t be the one sport Griezmann is captivated with. Regardless of his comparatively modest peak, he’s a giant fan of basketball and infrequently performs it in his spare time.

• Griezmann’s tattoos embody an Arabic translation of a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince (“Make your life a dream, and a dream a actuality”), photos of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, her mother and father’ initials and “FAME”, the title of a Chris Brown album, the initials which means Forgiving All My Enemies and Followers Are My Every part.

What he says

I attempt to be an entire participant, in assault and protection, and to enhance yearly.

What’s left for him to do

• Breaking the 22-goal mark: Had his finest home campaigns with 22 league objectives in 2014/15 and 2015/16 however hasn’t reached 20 since, scoring 19 occasions in 2017/18.

• Turn out to be the Blues’ prime scorer: he’s third within the standings with 42 objectives, behind Olivier Giroud (49) and Thierry Henry (51). Griezmann can also be two lengths away from Platini’s French file 9 objectives within the EURO finals.

• Solely eight gamers have reached 50 objectives for the reason that creation of the Champions League (qualifying phases excluded). Griezmann is at 26 and, from the peak of his 31 years, he might attain this determine by accelerating the tempo in the direction of the top of his profession.

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