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Name Antoine Griezmann
Spelling Grizou
  Antoine Griezmann Lopes
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
Desc A very modern forward, adept anywhere across the offensive line and a true team player, always ready to defend from the front. But it is ultimately for his ability in front of goal that he secures his place on this list. A revelation at Atlético Madrid and as equally important to the world champions: Griezmann was the top goal scorer as France finished as runners-up at Eurp 2016 before playing a starring role in their triumph two years later in Moscow

Affiliation

Org France National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC
  Atletico Madrid
  Real Sociedad [Youth Team]

Relationship

Mother Isabelle Lopes
Grandfather Amaro Lopes

2016 05 28 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann gives insight into his new world of fatherhood] In the lead-up to games my girlfriend goes to another room with our baby girl so I can get some sleep. And during the day she sleeps, so there’s not much I can do. I do change her nappies, though, and I dress and bathe her too. I really enjoy it

2016 08 27 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann says David Beckham was his idol growing up] I liked him a lot. He was my idol. That’s why I wear a long-sleeved jersey and wear the No 7

2016 10 08 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann on matching Messi and Ronaldo] I think I still have more to do to be their equal, starting with winning titles. They’ve won them and they keep winning them. But as I’ve said in the past, I want to sit at their table. And I think I’m getting there, bit by bit. I hope to stay there as long as possible

2016 11 26 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann stresses he has respect for Cristiano Ronaldo after it was revealed that he jokingly told him that he hated him] We came across Cristiano and his friends in the same restaurant. It was really by chance. I went to say hello and congratulate him for Portugal’s win at the EUROs and the Champions League. We made fun of each other. I just joked like that because I needed time to get over the defeat in the final. But, honestly, it’s not because he beat me in two important competitions and that he scored a hat-trick last weekend against us that my opinion will change. I have great respect for Ronaldo

2016 12 10 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann talks about his admiration for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] Whenever a Borussia match is on TV I will watch because with this team I have a goal guarantee. BVB always play spectacular football. He is definitely a world-class attacker with an incredible consistency in his games. He’s made steady progress in the past few months. You can see all the time that he’s happy on the pitch

2016 12 17 Retrieve

[The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016 candidate Antoine Griezmann tells of his pride of being nominated alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi] Messi and Ronaldo are two monsters, two legends. It will be hard to get past [Lionel] Messi or [Cristiano] Ronaldo in the future. We will try to go higher. I hope it continues like this and that the year 2017 will be as good as this one

2016 12 24 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann tells France Football that he would enjoy playing the beautiful game with world and Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt] I would like him to play up front with me just behind to knock balls deep for him. I’d leave him all alone with the goalkeeper. I saw that he’s trained a bit with Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United. Speed isn’t everything, but he’d be a great striker at Atletico. Usain Bolt would be perfect for our game. Me behind and him up front. The best!

2017 02 18 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann speaks about his 2016] There’s something I have to confess here: I’ve watched all the Champions League and EURO 2016 matches again, but I stopped at the semi-finals (laughs)

2018 11 24 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann explains his decision to stay at Atletico Madrid, amid interest from Barcelona] Was it hard to refuse Barca? It was very difficult. You have Barca who wants you, who calls you, who sends messages. But then there is the club where you are, where you are an important player and where they build a project around you. [And] subconsciously, being Messi’s lieutenant may have played a part. It was really complicated times, especially for my wife, where I woke her up at 3am to talk about it!

2019 03 02 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann tells that Frenkie de Jong is the best player he’s faced on the pitch] I would say De Jong, from Ajax Amsterdam. Because I tried to put pressure on him and never succeeded

2019 03 26 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann has declared himself a little bit fed up of transfer speculation amid fresh talk he could leave Atletico Madrid for Barcelona] I’m already used to it and a little bit fed up, every year it’s the same, so I’m used to it

2019 08 31 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann on his goal and celebration] I saw Leo (Messi) do it in training and I copied him. The celebration? I liked what LeBron James did and tried to copy him

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann says Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League appeared to have cost them the chance to sign him] I waited, I waited, and I kept waiting. When there was no news, Eric called Grimandi, who said that the manager was still interested in me [and] to keep waiting. Finally a few hours before the market closed, he let us know Arsenal would not make a move. I don’t like to be told something and for it not to happen. So when Eric told me later that the London club were interested again I told him ‘Forget it, after the blow they gave us’

2019 11 25 Retrieve

[The presence of Griezmann, regardless of his lifestyle choices, has been welcomed by Umtiti, with the two-time La Liga title winner still thoroughly enjoying his time with the Blaugrana] Everything was great. I was surrounded by top players, who had won everything, but I saw them as humble people. Thanks to them it was very easy to adjust here

2019 12 28 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann speaks about team-mate] We are talking about a player we may never see again, or like there is only every 40 years. We must take advantage of it, whether we are his team-mates, fans in the stands or his coaches. What he can do with the ball is incredible and it’s a sight to see him play and play alongside him

2020 06 05 Retrieve

[Barca games without fans will be very strange] The first game will be in Mallorca, but it will be very strange to play without an audience. It will be the first time I have experienced something like this. I had never been so long stopped. Yes, it is true that during these days I was able to enjoy my children

2020 06 05b Retrieve

[Griezmann says I want to end my career in MLS] After that winning whatever comes. There’s another World Cup so the World Cup in Qatar. And after that MLS. I don’t know with which team, but I really want to play there. For me it’s an objective to end my career in the United States with the possibility of playing well and being a big part of the team and fighting for a title. xxxx

[Griezmann, who is a big NBA fan, has previously hinted at a desire to finish his career in the United States] World champion, win a Champions League and then I can go and quietly play in the USA. That’s my ideal itinerary. It’s not bad, is it? If the plan goes like that, I’d sign for that now. I don’t know at which age I want to play in MLS, it’ll all depend on the trophies I’ll have won beforehand. When I’m nearer 32 or 33, I want to be there. I still have to be presentable on the pitch.

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann on his objectives] Winning La Liga and the Champions League with Barca would be a dream, and also my objective. After that winning whatever comes. There’s another World Cup so the World Cup in Qatar. And after that MLS. I don’t know with which team, but I really want to play there. For me it’s an objective to end my career in the United States with the possibility of playing well and being a big part of the team and fighting for a title

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Griezmann losing the fight to prove he’s not just another Barcelona transfer flop] I don’t take into consideration the player’s price tag. Last week we chose one specific team, and today we decided on another one. These are decisions I make and they are technical decisions. They’re not made rashly, and they are done with the best of intentions for the team