We are back with another interesting story about another football star. This time the player we are going to discuss is Antoine Griezmann. We are going to discuss his complete Biography in this article. First we will give a short introduction of the player and will try to inform my dear football and French Star fans with some basic facts about him. In the 2ns part we will discuss his childhood life and start of his career and then we will also have a quick look at his personnel life. At the end we will look at some of his big achievements. So now we will move to our first part without discussing it further and that is Introduction.
General Information ;
Antoine Griezmann is a French footballer. His playing position is forward. He is currently playing in the Spanish league LaLiga for F.C Barcelona and the French national team. His jersey number with Barcelona is 17 and with French National team is 7. He is 29 years old.He is 5 feet and 9 inches in height. He was born in Macon in France on March 21 1991. He was married in 2017 and his wife name is Erika Choperena. They have 2 children together whose names are Mia Griezmann, Amaro Griezmann. He is one of the great strikers of the Era and has been a very key player in the past for Athletico Madrid and other teams he had played.
Early life and Start of Football Career;
The story of this great football player started in France in the city of Macon. He was born on 21st March 1991. His father name was Alian and he was a town councilor and his mother named Isabelle was the cleaning in charge of a team in the hospital. His pation towards football was because of his mother who basically a Portuguese and her father was a football player who played for F.C. Paços de Ferreira. He often visited Portugal in his childhood life.
Start of Football;
Antoine Griezmann football career was started for a former club UF Macon. He their gave trials and applied for many professional football clubs but he was rejected. Although he was pretty good at playing but football is a game where you’re having good physique is very important and Griezmann was very weak since childhood. In 2005 when Griezman was playing on a trial against PSG youth side he played very well and this became the turning point of his career. The scouts of Real Sociedad were there and they were impressed with his play. They offered him a one week trial.
He was later offered another week to stay and then his historic journey started and he kept playing for their Youth System for 4 years. He their improved his game a lot and the left winger completely changed. After spending for 4 years he finally got a chance to appear in the club’s preseason campaign in 2009/10 and he performed very well in the first four matches but he was injured later.
Griezmann on his Idol,
“I liked [Beckham] a lot. He was my idol. That’s why I wear a long-sleeved jersey and wear the No.7. He had a lot of class on and off the pitch. That’s what I liked about him. No one had the right foot he had.”
Due to his performance with the club he got the eye of the many professional clubs including Manchester united and Arsenal and some other big clubs but he decided to stay at the club and signed his first official deal with the club. It was a 5 year contract with the club with a 30 million Euro deal.
Then he performed their extra ordinary and developed his game more and more. He was just becoming an extra ordinary striker.
Transfer to Athletico Madrid;
In 22 August he a contact was made between Athletico Madrid and Real Societed and after passing the fitness tests a 6 year deal was signed on 29 july. His performances with the club were satisfying and were gradually improving and he improved a lot in the first 2 seasons.
He became especially popular in the 3rd season with the club. He gave extra ordinary performances that year. He was nominated as Ballon d’Or and FIFA Best Player. During this time he completed his first 100 goals for Laliga and his fee clause was increased to €100 million (£87 million).
After that he played for 2 more years for Athletico Madrid. He became very popular and was one of the most loved players by fans in Athletico Madrid.
Transfer to Barcelona;
He made a contract with Barcelona in 2019 when Neymar left the club. He was transferred at a clause of €120 million. He is slowly adopting the Barca play style and is performing well with the club. Though he is not playing at the required level but hopefully he will in future. In FCB style of play on his transfer Griezman said,
“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 and the Champions League any year.”
Now we will see some of his achievements and then we will finish the article….
- He was also named La Liga Best Player in 2016, and finished third for both the 2016 Ballon d’Or and 2016 Best FIFA Men’s Player awards. Griezmann was again nominated for the awards in 2018, finishing third and sixth respectively, as he helped Atlético win the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, scoring twice in the final.
- He also won UEFA euro Adidas Golden boot.
- He also recently won the worldcup with France in 2018 in Russia when they defeated Croatia in the final.
- Real Sociedad
- Segunda División: 2009–10
- Atlético Madrid
- UEFA Europa League: 2017–18
- UEFA Super Cup: 2018
- Supercopa de España: 2014
- France U19
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2010