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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 07 01 Nelson Semedo may hold the key to Barcelona’s summer pursuit of both Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar. However, another option for Barca exists if they want to get Griezmann over the line without paying the entire release clause. That option is including Semedo in a swap deal with Atletico

: 2019 07 01b When Antoine Griezmann’s named was called out by the stadium announcer ahead of Atletico Madrid’s must-win Liga visit to Barcelona in April, the Camp Nou crowd responded with boos. Once the action got under way, the forward’s every touch was whistled. Then, when he went to take a corner early in the second half, the north stand really made their feelings towards him known, unanimously bellowing: ‘Griezmann, you bast*rd, get out of Camp Nou!’. All we were missing was a pig’s head. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was hit hardest by Griezmann’s U-turn; the World Cup winner was meant to be his stellar summer signing. Instead, he was left embarrassed, weakened, by the whole affair. Bartomeu is the sole driving force behind the deal, which has been greeted with bemusement by some fans, and outrage by others

2019 07 01c Retrieve

[Griezmann, after all, had explained his decision moving to Barcelona] When you’re shown love at home, you don’t go elsewhere. [Atletico Madrid] did everything possible to make me feel good. 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

2019 07 05 Retrieve

[Atletico Madrid have hit back at Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu with a scathing statement registering the club’s ‘disgust’ at how the Catalans and Antoine Griezmann have conducted themselves] On May 14 Antoine Griezmann told Miguel Angel Gil, Diego Simeone and Andrea Berta of his decision to leave the club at the end of the season. In the days following that meeting Atletico were made aware that Barcelona and the player had reached a deal back in March, just after the second leg of our Champions League game against Juventus, and that they had been negotiating the terms of the deal since mid-February.

With regards to President Bartomeu’s declarations today, we want to make clear that it is true a meeting took place yesterday between Miguel Angel Gil and Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau, at Barcelona’s request; and that in said meeting Mr Grau made known his intention to, once the release clause in Antoine Griezmann’s contract has been modified from €200 to €120 million, ask for a delay in the payment of the above amount in the clause, valid from July 1.

Obviously Atletico Madrid’s answer was negative, understanding that both Barcelona and the player have disrespected Atletico Madrid and all their fans. As a consequence, today Atletico Madid have ordered the player, his sister in her capacity as his agent and his lawyer, that Antoine Griezmann must present himself on Sunday at the club to begin pre-season with the rest of his team-mates, in compliance with his contractual obligations. By way of this statement Atletico Madrid wish to express their deepest disgust at the behaviour of both parties, especially Barcelona, for having induced a player to break his contract with Atletico Madrid at a point in the season where the club was fighting not just for the Champions League against Juventus, but also La Liga itself against none other than Barcelona, something that we consider contravenes the established negotiation periods with players and distorts the basic rules that ensure the integrity of all sporting competition, as well as causing enormous damage to our club and our millions of fans

: 2019 07 10 Atletico Madrid revealed that Barca and Griezmann connived in March to agree to personal terms having been in contact since the month previous. They announced their rejection of Barca’s offer and demanded Griezmann show up to their pre-season programme set for Sunday evening. The World Cup winner was instead pictured on board a yacht off Ibiza, sipping a bottle of beer with - seemingly - not a care in the world. A representative cited ‘emotional stress’ and a legally-mandated 30-day holiday period as the reasons behind his stayaway. Coincidentally, Neymar pulled the same ruse just 24 hours later with PSG not happy about their star turn failing to report for duty

: 2019 07 12 Barcelona have officially announced the signing of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, with the French forward putting pen-to-paper after the Blaugrana paid his full €120m release clause

2019 07 12b Retrieve

[Atletico Madrid have released an official statement outlining their intention to open legal proceedings regarding Antoine Griezmann’s move to Barcelona] Antoine Griezmann, represented by his lawyer, appeared at the headquarters of Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP) to terminate the contract that bound the player to Atletico Madrid, with Barcelona having deposited the amount of €120 million on behalf of the player. Atletico Madrid believes that the amount deposited to meet the termination clause is insufficient, since it is obvious that the agreement between the player and Barcelona was reached before the aforementioned clause was reduced from 200 to 120 million euros.

It was also prior to the date on which the clause was modified that the player announced that he would be leaving the club (May 14). Atletico Madrid believes that the termination of the contract occurred before the end of last season due to events, acts and demonstrations carried out by the player and that is why we have already started the procedures we consider appropriate for the legitimate defence of our rights and interests

2019 07 12c Tweet

[Antoine Griezmann has said the time was right to join Barcelona after completing a long-awaited switch from Atletico Madrid] When I was a boy, my dad taught me that trains don’t come around just once. Now it’s time to take on the challenge of a new destination. Finally, our paths cross. I’ll defend the Barca colours with all my determination and commitment. It’s our time

2019 07 12c Retrieve

[Atletico contend the France international agreed terms with Barca before his clause dropped on July 1 and thus they are entitled to the €200m figure. Griezmann’s former club released a statement Friday indicating they will take legal action to recoup that fee] Atletico Madrid believes the termination of the contract occurred before the end of last season due to events, acts and demonstrations carried out by the player and that is why it [the club] has already started procedures it considers appropriate for the defence of its rights and legitimate interests

2019 07 13 Retrieve

[New Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann says that he is relishing the chance to train and play alongside Lionel Messi] I’m looking forward to seeing what Messi’s like on a day-to-day basis in training. Playing next to him is an incredible joy. I’m really looking forward to working with my new-team mates and with the boss, and playing at Camp Nou and hopefully winning a lot of things

Barcelona is a big club and I hope to help it continue to be big or make it even bigger. I’m very happy. I’m very excited and am looking forward to working with the squad and meeting my new team-mates. [It’s] a new challenge, new targets. [They’re] important things and I hope I can do as well as I can, as I have been doing for my club and country. I hope to look good

[Asked what silverware he hopes to deliver to the Catalan outfit] All of them, La Liga, La Copa, the Champions League. They’re the club’s goals and my goals, and I hope to win them here. I like to have fun on the field and off it in the dressing room. I like to play with joy and I hope to bring a lot of joy to my team-mates and the fans, and hope we have fun together

2019 07 14 Retrieve

[New Barcelona signing Antoine Griezmann will wear the number 17 shirt for the La Liga champions in his debut season at the Camp Nou.] I’m very happy, I’m very excited and I’m looking forward to working with the squad and meeting my new team-mates. It’s a new challenge and new targets. These are important things and I hope I can do as well as I can. All of them - La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League. They’re the club’s goals and my goals. With Sam Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele, I have a very good relationship with both of them. I look forward to seeing them

[The former Real Sociedad striker also revealed his excitement at the prospect of playing with club legend Lionel Messi] I’m looking forward to seeing what Messi is like on a day-to-day basis in training. Playing next to him will be an incredible joy

2019 07 14b Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann says the most exciting part of his move to Barcelona is teaming up with Lionel Messi, comparing him to basketball legend LeBron James] The thing that makes me happiest is playing with a partner like him. Messi will be a legend for my son and my son’s children. He’s like LeBron James for basketball. I want to be an important player at this great club and try to win La Liga, the Champions League and Copa del Rey, which is what I’m missing on my list

[Griezmann received significant criticism for the documentary, but says he did not regret making the film] ‘ve done some bad things in my past and I’ve never regretted it because it’s something I wanted to do at the time. I wanted to show what is not seen and I have not toyed with both parties. The most important thing is that we are now together. You have to ask for forgiveness, for some it will be on the field

[When asked whether Luis Suarez and Messi could be annoyed with him, he added] They could be, but I think that with the assistance that I can give them, we can fix everything

[Given the fairly short amount of time between rejecting Barca and then joining them, many have wondered why there was a change of heart, particularly given he signed a five-year deal with Atletico last year. For Griezmann it is simple - he was not ready to make such a step in 2018] I have a family to move. I saw my wife, my world, and I was not ready to take the step, and this year has been different. It’s always difficult to leave a home where we felt comfortable with family and friends, it was difficult. I only have admiration and respect for Atletico. I wanted a new challenge, to try to improve myself, not be comfortable. I look for my place in a great club and try to win the three titles

2019 07 16 Retrieve

[New Barcelona signing Antoine Griezmann has credited Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone for his form in recent seasons] I am lucky to have learned from Cholo Simeone. Thanks to him, I’ve been playing at a very high level. At Atletico, there’s never a day off. It’s very physical and there’s a lot of hard work on tactics. Nobody can let their guard down

[the France international ended up on the losing side in the 2016 Champions League final. Cross-city rivals Real Madrid emerged victorious in a penalty shoot-out after Griezmann had hit the crossbar with a spot-kick in normal] I know that if I win a Champions League with Barca, it won’t make up for the pain of losing that final with Atletico. For the fans, for my team-mates, that was a tough moment

2019 07 16b Retrieve

[Atletico Madrid believe the agreement has been in place since March, and made clear their disgust with both Barcelona and Griezmann. Barcelona are confident there is no evidence of such an agreement taking place. Josep Maria Bartomeu says] We contacted Griezmann after he made the video saying goodbye to the fans, there was nothing in March

: 2019 07 19 Atletico Madrid have reported Barcelona to La Liga as they continue to pursue an €80 million addition to the transfer which has taken Antoine Griezmann to Camp Nou.

2019 07 20 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann has revealed that he cried tears of joy once his move to Barcelona was finalised] called my father and I started to cry with happiness because I was there, everything was done. I was with my friends, my wife and my children and it was an incredible moment

[The former Atletico Madrid forward has had no trouble bedding in with his new team-mates] There was lots of stress and pressure to finalise it all, I just wanted to end my holiday and start this new challenge. The dressing room have welcomed me very well: players, coaching staff and doctors. For the moment, I’m enjoying it and let’s hope I can get enough confidence to speak, be myself and enjoy

[Griezmann will have to return to his former stomping ground as an opposing player this season] I know there will be whistling. It’s part of football: they really loved me and when someone leaves, it can hurt. It was like that at Real Sociedad: my first visit back wasn’t easy, but I will always have La Real and Atleti in my heart because they gave me so much

2019 07 21 Retrieve

[New signing Antoine Griezmann says Barcelona’s side for the 2019-20 campaign is like a cheat code in a video game] Barcelona are building a team like a cheat code in a video game: Luis Suarez, Messi, Dembele, Frenkie de Jong. We have a good team, great players and then it’s the boss that has to decide who plays. We’ll be ready to enjoy ourselves and make the fans and ourselves happy at all times

[Griezmann was particularly fulsome in his praise of Messi] Yes, it will be amazing [to play alongside him]. I’m excited to see what he’s like day to day, what he’s like in training. I want to catch him doing things in training that I will try to repeat or do in my own way and get to know him on and off the pitch. I will be ready to do whatever it takes: for him, for the club and for the players

I know that there will be whistles [when he returns to the Wanda Metrpolitano]. It’s part of football. They really loved me and when someone leaves, it can hurt. It was like that at Real Sociedad. My first visit back wasn’t easy, but I will always have Sociedad and Atleti in my heart because they gave me so much

2019 07 22 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann admits it will be difficult for Barcelona to put a deal in place for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar] We have to get it done first because it is a difficult transfer, but he is a great player. He’s had a couple of injuries but he’s at an incredible level. We also have Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho and Malcom, who are also important players for us, so let’s hope we can achieve great things with them

I hope I will have an important role, I want to be an important player for the team and help in whatever way I can. As long as I enjoy playing with my team-mates and give it all on the pitch, it doesn’t matter

2019 07 22b Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann airs Lacazette transfer wish while reflecting on Man Utd ‘possibility’] I was having a lot of fun in La Liga. We have one thing the Premier League does not - the sun

[One of those is international team-mate Lacaztte] I would love to play with Lacazette. He’s a friend of mine, we played together in the national team. He’s an amazing player, has a lot of talent

[A man who is set to chase down the Liga crown with Barca believes the fans at Liverpool are deserving of a first top-flight triumph in 30 years] They deserve to win the Premier League, hopefully one day they will win it again

2019 07 22c Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann says he is yet to hear from Lionel Messi after joining Barcelona, but has received a message from Luis Suarez to welcome him to Catalunya] The truth is it started badly because they nutmegged me twice in my first rondo. Luckily I have learned the lesson. Messi has not called me yet, but Suarez did. He congratulated me and welcomed me. The group has welcomed me and I am happy to share a dressing room with them. Hopefully I can help in the best way possible

[Griezmann would not be drawn on his former club’s complaint and stated his focus was on adapting to his new team] I did everything as well as possible with respect to Diego Simeone, my former team-mates and Atletico Madrid to leave on good terms. It’s an issue for them. I am calm and all that matters is starting well with Barcelona, which is the most important thing. I heard about it [the complaint]. It’s a club where I gave my all. I’m very calm. The only thing that matters to me right now is understanding the coach’s tactics, getting on with my team-mates and enjoying football

[On Diego Simeone] Our relationship was more than a coach and a player, we’re like family. I got on very well with him. He was important for what I did on the pitch and for my private life. I owe him a lot and I love him a lot. Our relationship will carry on, even after retirement

: 2019 07 25 Atletico Madrid have demanded La Liga prevent Antoine Griezmann from playing for Barcelona next season. Griezmann confirmed he would be leaving Atleti at the end of last season, despite having only signed a five-year contract at Wanda Metropolitano in June 2018 after turning down a move to Barca.

2019 07 27 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann is proud of winning Lionel Messi’s praise] His words made me feel very happy. He’s the best. When he talks, the whole world listens. He knows this. That he would say that about me made me feel very proud. I insist that I’m desperate to finally play alongside him. I want to meet him, get to know him, watch him in training, play alongside him, provide assists. I’ve thought about it when I’m in bed, at training, and watching videos. You make the ‘film’ in your head and I know it’ll go well. It’ll be really nice

[Griezmann appears likely to form a fearsome front three with Messi and striker Luis Suarez when Ernesto Valverde brings his entire squad together back on home soil] On paper, it sounds really good. Later, you have to show it out on the pitch, but I trust us, I trust the team. There’s also Ousmane Dembele, Malcom, Philippe Coutinho too. There are a lot of top-quality attackers who I’m sure will help the team do great things

[That could still include Neymar if the Paris Saint-Germain forward gets his wish for a move back to Barca] Let’s see what happens. There are a lot of details to a transfer. Neymar is world-class, a top player, so he could fit in at Barca

2019 07 27b Retrieve

[Griezmann, who lifted the World Cup in Russia last year however, isn’t being drawn on European focus yet as he instead looks to meet new expectations at Camp Nou] We’re talking about the Champions League because we haven’t won it but La Liga is also a really difficult competition to win. I’ve been playing in La Liga since I was 18 and I haven’t won it. It’s really tough. It looks easy because Barca win year after year but it’s really difficult

2019 08 02 Retrieve

[Recently, one of the most high-profile cases of tapping up has involved Barcelona once again in their successful pursuit of Antoine Griezmann] Through this statement, Atletico Madrid wishes to express its strongest disapproval of the behaviour of both, especially FC Barcelona, for prompting the player to break his contractual relationship with Atletico Madrid at a time of the season when the club was involved in the Champions League tie against Juventus, as well as the league title race against Barcelona

This is something that we believe violates the protected periods of negotiation with players and alters the basic rules of integrity in any sporting competition, as well as causing enormous damage to our club and its millions of fans

2019 08 26 Retrieve

[Barcelona (5) vs (2) Real Betis. Griezmann channels Messi and LeBron in Barcelona win] I see Leo doing it in training and try to copy him. I like the ritual Lebron does and I tried to copy him. They woke us up with their goal and we played a great game with many chances. We really wanted to improve after Bilbao. There is still margin to improve but it is the line to follow. When important people are missing, the team takes a step forward and it has been like that. If I make goals and give assists it is thanks to the team, I can’t do it alone

2019 08 30 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann addressed homophobic problem in May] Homophobia is not an opinion, but a crime. And now if a player makes homophobic remarks on the pitch, I think I’ll stop playing the match. Because it has to change. It’s true that stadiums are not very hospitable places for homosexuals. There are sometimes homophobic songs. In our time, this is unacceptable. This attitude, we all end up paying for 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 09 08 Retrieve

[Asked about his penalty miss] I don’t know [what happened]. I don’t know. As I said earlier, maybe it’s because my wife didn’t watch the game! I was on a good dynamic but we can’t score every time. Too bad, I’ll have to work on it

[While the attacker was not impressed by his spot-kick attempt, he was delighted with the way his side put on a convincing display to remain joint-top of Group H] We were missing important players, whether on the field or in the locker room. The players who played in their place did it very well. We are on the right track and it shows that we are a group. We had a good game game. We can only regret the goal we conceded at the end

[Albania’s players were confused over the airing of the national song of Group H rivals Andorra, with the correct anthem eventually played following a meeting between the referee and UEFA officials] We were very surprised. We were a little shocked. It’s a big mistake that must not be repeated. We waited, and they got their anthem, but it would have hurt us too

2019 09 18 Retrieve

[Griezmann says Messi and Suarez relationships need time to develop after Barca draw blank at Dortmund] It’s my second month since I arrived, I have to get used to it and play more with them to understand the movements of Suarez and Leo. We have not knocked on the door enough and we must improve and work at it. It is a point but Marc stopped a penalty and made other saves

2019 09 25 Retrieve

[Griezmann backs Barcelona to continue improvement] We are far from our best version. But with the matches to come everything will be better. You have to keep working. There are new players that have just arrived. We try to do our best in the group, in the field.

[He also suggested that he was satisfied with his own personal start at Camp Nou] It’s not Atletico Madrid, it’s different. I’m not too bad, right? Three goals so far. I can do better, yes. But I have to keep working.

2019 09 26 Retrieve

[Barcelona have been fined just €300 by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for their actions in the signing of Atletico Madrid forward Antione Griezmann] It is evident that the amount of economic sanction does not bear any proportion to the importance of the facts that have given rise to this file. Taking into account the economic capacity of the club and the amount of the economic operation, this committee is aware that the payment of €300, beyond its merely symbolic nature (the fine is imposed because the issued club has been considered the author of a disciplinary infraction), will not contribute to the sanctioned club in particular and, probably, other clubs that may be in the same situation in the future, adapt their behaviour to what is required by regulation. However, this is not a sufficient reason for this committee to opt for the imposition of a sanction - the closing of the stadium by a party - which, as stated, seems to be intended for infractions of another nature

2019 10 01 Retrieve

[Griezmann says Messi and he don’t talk much, but we’re on right track] He is not someone who talks a lot and neither am I so conversation is tough for us, I have treated him to a mate, it is a step in the right direction. He has been injured and it is hard to strike up a connection on the pitch and in training and to improve it in that context, but we are good people and I am here to help any member of the team

[Dembele is also a doubt for the visit of Antonio Conte’s charges] It is always harder with Ousmane, Leo and others injured, we are not all together and that is the worst thing because we can’t even work in training. But we have to find a way to play well, whether it be with Carles, Ansu or with me out wide, we have a great squad with a lot of great players and we will find the winning formula

[Wednesday’s match also marks Griezmann’s Champions League debut in front of the Camp Nou faithful] These games are always special, it will be my first Champions League game at home and I will be very motivated, we will try to do a great job as a team to try and win in the best manner possible, the three points are the most important thing. [Winning the Champions League] is everyone’s dream, it is also one of mine but I have many, it is my goal and my dream and I hope tomorrow will be a beautiful night with the fans

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 02 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann says he isn’t concerned by his underwhelming start to life at Barcelona, after Ernesto Valderde’s new-look front three stuttered in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Levante] I feel good. This also happened to me at Atletico Madrid. I have to come in little by little because I am not going to get the tactics right straight away, but I am used to it.

[Griezmann is well aware that for a club like Barca, losing 3-1 at Levante can’t be justified to the fans] It might be a problem of focus that we didn’t start well in the second half. We can only learn and improve. Anything can happen in a match, the trick is being able to react to it and we didn’t. We must see what we did wrong to try and correct it. It can be a problem of attitude. We conceded three goals in ten minutes and that can happen, but we must do everything to make sure it does not happen again

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Griezmann admitted last month he had found it ‘difficult’ connecting with Barca superstar Lionel Messi as neither of them are naturally big talkers] [Messi] is very clam, very relaxed, very normal. When you arrive at Barcelona, you’re careful about what you’re doing but it’s not Leo who’s coming over to tell you off when you make a mistake. He’s very simple, he lets you play. This is how it went with Antoine and I. Step by step, you talk to him. He gets along very well with Luis Suarez but he’s very open with the others, so you can talk about many things, not only football. He’s a simple man and he helps us every day

2019 11 14 Retrieve

[Griezmann have cited a half-time team talk from Didier Deschamps as the key to France’s 2-1 win over Moldova] It’s true that we did not have a good match, especially in the first half. The coach at half-time boosted us so we reacted a bit. Even if it showed that we were not well, especially in front of goal, we went on to get this victory

2019 11 15 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann admits he always knew that it was going to be hard for him to make an immediate impact at Barcelona] It is certain that playing in the centre is better for me. I have my bearings. I’ve been managing this position for years and years. I have a new club. I have to adapt. I am still learning. I knew on arrival that it was going to be hard, I knew it very well

2019 11 17 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann accepts his integration to life at Barcelona has not been easy] Barcelona is not the easiest place [to play]. It’s a new team, a different club, new tactics and a new position and role for me. But it is what it is and it’s time to work. I’m proud of the decision and where I am, and it will be the work that sorts everything. Trust me and everything will be good. My goal now is to be an important player in the club, have more minutes, score more goals, make decisive passes, qualify in the Champions League and be up there in the league, be ready for the national team [France] in March and also for Euro 2020. I’m a player who thinks about the team. I can score many goals, but that is not my main goal. My goal is to help the team in any way I can

[Griezmann is not just eager to keep working hard at Camp Nou, he is also excited to start the Euro 2020 campaign with France] Every competition you start, you want to win, but it’s going to be hard. It’s not because we are world champions that we will win 3-0 and 4-0 and get to the final easily. It’s going to be complicated, so we’ll have to get ready and see what group we have

2019 11 25 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann has opened up on his relationship with Lionel Messi at Barcelona] I’m really shy and I’m not very good at talking to people. I’m not the type of person to start conversations. But Leo, Luis and I are getting to know each other and we’ve already gone for dinner together. Our relationship will only improve over time, and it’s clear that what happens will only make us feel more comfortable on the pitch

[Griezmann went on to express his admiration towards the 32-year-old magician] We won’t see a player like him in the next 40 years. What he does is incredible. It’s a real delight to see him play

2019 11 25b 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 12 Retrieve

[Griezmann still learning new position at Barcelona] I have to learn a new position and also understand my new teammates. I have yet to connect with the movements of Luis, Messi, the midfield and my full-back [on the left, either Jordi Alba or Junior Firpo]. I am someone who is very shy. I do not usually talk to others, but everything will come with time. With Luis and Leo, we are starting to understand each other. We have already had dinner and we will go to more. What happens outside the pitch can only help on it

I didn’t leave Atletico neither to win the Champions League nor to win more trophies. I left Atleti to learn a new style of play, new philosophies. To learn another style of football, another team. Atleti can win LaLiga [Santander] and the Champions League any year

2019 12 14 Retrieve

[Griezmann rises on Sociedad return but Barcelona have pre-Clasico concerns. Formerly a Sociedad player, Griezmann did not celebrate his goal] I will never celebrate here, I have a lot of respect to those who gave me everything

2019 12 14b Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann marks with Barca’s first goal and did not want to celebrate the goal] I will never celebrate a goal against Real. I have a lot of respect for everything they gave me. The two teams had their moments in the game. When we equalised we found our confidence and created chances, then it was La Real who had to equalise in the second half. I don’t know if (the result) is just or not. The reality is that two teams had chances to win. Now is the moment to start thinking about the Clasico.

2019 12 26 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann has described his superstar Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi as a player of a quality we may never see again] 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

[The France international spent five seasons at Atletico Madrid under their current coach Diego Simeone, who he speaks of highly] He’s very, very good. It’s fantastic to see what he can do with a team. Everyone is behind him. He always figured out how to win, he worked a lot before the matches, he studied every detail

2019 12 26b Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann insists he did not leave Atletico for success at Barcelona, revealing it was for stylistic reasons as his former club is capable of winning silverware also] I did not leave Atlético to win the Champions League or win more titles. I came here to Barça to learn a new style of play, a new philosophy and to grow on a personal level. Atlético can also win the La Liga and the Champions League, they have the team and the coach to do it

[They also lost in two Champions League finals while being managed by the Argentine, with Griezmann remembering the 2015-16 defeat to city rivals Real Madrid without much fondness. The French attacker struck a penalty off the crossbar just after half-time] I was very angry to have failed. I think my failure was what made us lose the final. It will always hurt me, even if I win [the Champions League] with another club. It was my dream, the dream of the whole club and I had it in my feet. I can’t turn around, but I’m sure it will hurt me in ten or fifteen years

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 01 10 Retrieve

[Griezmann: Ernesto Valverde not to blame for Barca’s Supercopa loss] I think we lost due to our own errors and they had the legs at the end. It cost us and we have to work hard in order to continue. We all made errors. I played a bad pass and then their goal arrived. They are errors which can cost you a Champions League or a league title

2020 01 24 Retrieve

[Griezmann plans to make history alongside Messi at Barcelona] It’s a pride thing, I’m very happy to be at Barcelona. My father is very happy to see his son playing at Barcelona. I want to write the history of this club. I have to work to do it, I have to work to be important for this club

I hope to improve both in goals and assists. I’m adapting, trying to learn as much about the tactics as possible. I feel very good, physically and mentally. I really want to work. I really want to improve

Leo is the strongest player in the world and it’s nice to share the pitch with him. I try to understand his movements and move well when he has the ball to have a better connection

The fans, Cholo Simeone, team-mates, it was a beautiful experience, at the moment the best of my career. Now I’m at Barcelona, the best club in the world. It’s a new challenge, game and a new style, that’s why I’m settling in little by little. I think we have to compete in all competitions, try to win everything

2020 01 31 Retrieve

[Griezmann ready to fill Luis Suarez void after failed striker search] If the club need me as a No.9, I’m here to help. If I’m on the left or in the middle, perfect. All I want is to help the team. I’m used to playing inside - I know where to move and I have more freedom, but I’m at this club to help

[Griezmann admits he and his team-mates still have some way to go before the boss’ methods fully sink in] We’re trying to learn how to play from the coach. We still have things to improve but we’re on the right track

2020 02 15 Retrieve

[Griezmann: I’m still learning to play with Messi] We knew how hard Getafe would be to play against. They put a lot of pressure on and pressed high. They are third for a reason but we kept cool, tried to play the ball well from the back. It was tough but we suffered and won. I’ve been here six months, we still have to learn. I have to learn [Messi’s] movements and he has to learn mine. We’re enjoying the work we put in together and it’s getting better and better all the time. I’m very happy and really enjoying myself here. I missed a chance which I shouldn’t have done, it came to my weaker foot but luckily it didn’t matter

2020 03 29 Retrieve

[Griezmann said in February that he believed things would work out if given time] I’ve been here six months; we still have to learn. I have to learn [Messi’s] movements and he has to learn mine. We’re enjoying the work we put in together and it’s getting better and better all the time. I’m very happy and really enjoying myself here

2020 03 30 Retrieve

[Griezmann wants No.7 shirt at Barcelona amid speculation over future] I would like to recover the seven

[he said of his spell in self-isolation] Quarantine is going okay, but you can’t do anything. I miss football enormously. I have no idea when the competition will be back; I don’t know when I will go back to training

2020 04 01 Retrieve

[Griezmann defends Giroud after Benzema’s ‘go-kart’ jibe] I can’t answer all that, that could get me into trouble. I love Olivier Giroud, he’s a good player and he helped us win the World Cup. And that’s important in life

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.

[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 11 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann has aired his desire to be an important part of the team at Barcelona, with the Frenchman seemingly unfazed by talk of the Liga giants moving for Lautaro Martinez or Neymar] I want to be an important part of the team, on and off the pitch, enjoy football and help my team-mates win every game. I think on a personal level it has been good for me. I have been able to rest; I think it has been five years since I have had a rest like that, so mentally and physically it has been good. I was able to enjoy time with my family, my kids and now I am ready to go

Luis is our No.9, a goalscorer, the one who makes the difference in big games along with [Lionel Messi]. We missed him in the last few games [before the break]. We are really happy to have a player like him back and he will help us from the off.

We have all the cards; we have 11 games left and if we win them all we will be champions. I think we are ready for it, to win and enjoy the football.

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