Antoine Griezmann is a French footballer who plays as a forward for the French National Team as well as for Spanish giants Barcelona. He always dreamt to become a successful footballer, and nowadays he is living his dream. His journey in football has not been easy at the start, he was rejected by various youth clubs due to his physical frame, until 2005 when he was recognized by Real Sociedad, where he spent 4 years. He then progressed well at the club, which got him contracts from Atletico Madrid and recently, FC Barcelona. He is among the most popular players in the world right now and though, he isn’t the most well-built footballer but has the skill to overcome that.
He is a quick-witted football player who is naturally left-footed and finds the back of the net with utter ease. His dribbling skills are next to none and have the pace to outwit defenders.
He has been a regular feature of the French National Team as well and was an integral part of their 2019 FIFA World Cup-winning campaign.
Antoine Griezmann was born on March 21, 1991, in Macron France, and idolized his grandfather Amaro Lopes, who was a professional footballer. Having a background and history in sports, Antoine decided to try his luck in football. Antoine belonged to a well-off family and hence, didn’t have to struggle a lot for the accessories required to play football. His father was a reputed, politically powerful man, while his mother was a hospital cleaner. He was inspired by French superstar Zinedine Zidane to practice and work hard to achieve his goals as a footballer.
Griezmann joined the youth ranks of Real Sociedad and lodged with the club’s French scout while attending school across the border in Bayonne. Griezmann used to train in the evenings at the club in San Sebastián while pursuing academics throughout the day.
Life wasn’t easy for the diminutive French striker and he took time to come to terms with the club’s expectations and break into Real Sociedad’s first team, which eventually happened in 2005.
Griezmann dated his girlfriend Erika Choperena for a long time and finally tied the knot with her on 2017 in the presence of close friends and relatives. Through Instagram, they shared their pictures of marriage. They have also been blessed with a girl child whom they have named Mia, who was born before their marriage. Antoine is very fond of his younger brother Theo, who is also on his way to becoming a successful footballer. Sometimes, both are seen as chilling and practicing in the field.
Antoine Griezmann joined Sociedad’s youth setup in 2005, and continued at the club for four years, sharpening his skills, day and night. He worked hard and overcame his deficiencies and finally got his break in 2009. He made his competitive debut in 2009-10, and played games, ahead of making his competitive debut, in the pre-season, where he scored five goals in four matches, making a strong case for selection for the league matches. On 8 April 2010, Griezmann signed his first professional contract with Sociedad committing the next 5 years to the Spanish club and had a release clause worth €30 million. Griezmann scored his first goal in his maiden competitive match against Huesca in 2009. He put in fantastic performances that led to his team qualifying for La Liga. His performances attracted many clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal, but he continued with Real Sociedad.
In July 2014, Atletico Madrid entered into talks with Real Sociedad for the possession of Antoine, and the club convinced the Frenchman to sign a six-year contract. In a group stage match of the Champions League, playing against Olympiacos, he scored his first goal for Atletico Madrid.
In June 2017, rumors about his departure from Atletico Madrid caught fire with English Premier League termed as his preferred destination. But Griezmann showcased loyalty and stayed put, signing a fresh contract with Atletico Madrid, running till 2022.
He recently sealed a move to Barcelona, which also sparked controversy as Atletico Madrid demanded more money, however, things seem to have subsided now.
Griezmann made his International debut in 2014, where he played in the FIFA World Cup as well, but his peak came to the fore in UEFA Euro 2016, where he led his team to finals, but sadly they lost against Portugal. Due to his marked performance, he won the Golden boot and made a place in the team of the tournament.
He was also an integral part of France’s 2018 FIFA World Cup-winning campaign, scoring 4 goals and notching up 2 assists.
- Segunda División: 2009–10
- UEFA Europa League: 2017–18
- UEFA Super Cup: 2018
- Supercopa de España: 2014
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2010
- FIFA World Cup: 2018
- Ballon d’Or: 2016(3rd place), 2018 (3rd place)
- The Best FIFA Men’s Player: 2016(3rd place), 2018 (6th place)
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2010
- La Liga Best Player: 2016
- La Liga Player of the Month: January 2015, April 2015, September 2016, March 2017, February 2018, December 2018
- La Liga Team of the Season: 2014–15
- Onze d’Or French Player of the Year: 2014–15
- UEFA La Liga Team of the Season: 2015–16
- Trophées UNFP for Best French Player playing Abroad: 2016
- UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2015–16, 2016–17
- UEFA Europa LeagueSquad of the Season: 2017–18
- UEFA Europa LeaguePlayer of the Season: 2017–18
- UEFA European Championship Player of the Tournament: 2016
- UEFA European Championship Golden Boot: 2016
- UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2016
- UEFA Team of the Year: 2016
- UEFA Best Player in Europe Award: 2016(2nd place), 2018 (4th place)
- French Player of the Year: 2016
- La Liga Fans’ Five Star Player: 2016
- FIFA FIFPro World XI2nd team: 2016
- FIFA FIFPro World XI 3rd team: 2018
- FIFA FIFPro World XI 4th team: 2017
- FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball: 2018
- FIFA World Cup Silver Boot: 2018
- FIFA World Cup Fantasy McDonald’s Overall XI: 2018
- FIFA World Cup top assist provider: 2018
- IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2018
Antoine Griezmann Personal Details
Name: Antoine Griezmann
Nick Name: Le Petit Prince
Birth: 21st March 1991
Playing Position: Forward
Relationship Status: Committed with Erica Choperena
Height: 5ft 9in
Weight: 64 Kg.
Chest: 38 inches
Waist: 31 inches
Biceps: 12 inches
Antoine Griezmann Net worth
Antoine Griezmann’s Net Worth is estimated to be 30 Million dollars.
Antoine Griezmann Controversy
- Griezmann dressed as Harlem Globetrotter in a photo and posted it on his social media accounts. The outfit included darkened skin and an afro wig. After severe criticism, Griezmannswiftly deleted the posts and apologized.
- Griezmann was also in the centre of controversy when Atletico Madrid filed a complaint to the La Liga Committee against FC Barcelona over his transfer. Atletico Madrid had filed a complaint regarding the transfer of Antoine Griezmann, claiming that Barcelona owes them another €80 million for the transfer as they had opened talks and reached a deal before the Frenchman’s release clause was splashed to €120 million, from the earlier €200 million.
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