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Antoine Griezmann is one of the most sought-after footballers in the world. According to the “People with Money” list, he is the highest-paid footballer of 2019. But the early days of his career were difficult. His talent was denied in his home country of France, and it was only when he moved to Spain at the age of 14 that the gates to professional football opened for him.
ON March 21, 1991, Antoine Griezmann was born in Mâcon, France. He is the second of three children and grew up with his older sister and younger brother with his parents Alain and Isabelle Griezmann until he was 14 years old. Antoine Griezmann arguably inherited his passion for football from his Portuguese grandfather, Amaro Lopez, who was once a celebrated central defender for the Portugal national team.
The desire to become a professional footballer came with the 1998 World Cup when Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry wowed young Antoine Griezmann. A big Lyon fan, Antoine Griezmann went through a trial as a youngster to be accepted into the club’s academy. He was rejected because Antoine was very small and frail for his age. He then played for his hometown club UF Mâcon for a few years.
His career began when, at the age of 14, he convinced Real Sociedad San Sebastián’s scout, Eric Olhats, at a sighting tournament in Paris. Full of courage and zeal, Antoine Griezmann left his homeland and moved to Spain to join his discoverer. Meanwhile, his parents stayed behind in France.
From 2005 to 2009, Antoine Griezmann was an integral part of Real Sociedad San Sebastián’s junior squad. From 2009 he played for the senior team and scored 46 goals in 180 games played until 2014. In 2014, Antoine Griezmann moved to Atlético Madrid, where he improved his goal tally to 94 goals in 180 games played by 2019.
Antoine Griezmann made his professional debut on November 6th, 2009 on the second matchday against Real Murcia in the 73rd minute. Just three weeks later, on matchday five, he scored his first goal as a professional for Real Sociedad. Real Sociedad are promoted to Primera División after the season. For Antoine Griezmann initially has some difficulties to secure a regular place. It wasn’t until the 2011/12 season that he gained a regular place. The 2013/14 season is his final breakthrough – at the end of the season he is celebrated together with Carlos Vela as the club’s top scorer. His personal highlight takes place at the beginning of the season. On August 20, 2013, Antoine Griezmann scored his first Champions League goal against Olympique Lyon, the club that spurned him as a youngster.
After joining Atlético Madrid in the 2014/15 season, Antoine Griezmann is again struggling to find his place in the team. With a lot of ambition and will, however, he succeeds and when he moves to FC Barcelona for the 2019/20 season, it becomes the most expensive transfer in history.
Antoine Griezmann has been playing for the French national team since 2010. First in the junior squad and since 2014 for the senior team.
The biggest highlights of Antoine Griezmann’s career so far took place in 2016, 2018 and 2019. In 2016, Antoine Griezmann was runner-up with the French national team and was awarded the “Golden Boot” as the best player in the European Championship. He is subsequently named France’s footballer of the year. In 2018, France managed the big coup and ANtoine Griezmann became world champion with his French colleagues. In the final of the World Cup he was voted Man of the Match and received the World Cup Silver Shoe and Bronze Ball. His move to FC Barcelona in 2019 crowned Antoine Griezmann’s career.
Antoine Griezmann is known for being down-to-earth compared to some other colleagues, constantly working on himself, being an outspoken team player and maintaining a positive relationship with his fans.
– “I don’t want them to compare me to others, I want people to know me as Antoine Griezmann.”
– “With hard work and effort you can achieve anything.”
– “If I am happy in my personal life, I will also be happy professionally.”
– “Every training session I try to improve my weaknesses and build on my strengths.”
– “I think in French but get angry in Spanish.”
– “The Ballon d’Or is one of my goals, but as long as Ronaldo and Messi are active it will be difficult.”
Amazing Facts/Success Tips
Even if ANtoine Griezmann’s big goal is to be named Footballer of the Year and hold the Ballon d’Or in his hands, he has at least won the Player of the Month award more often than Messi. With his Spongebob underwear, which he wears to every game because he’s superstitious, and with hard work, he might reach his goal this season.
Because Antoine Griezmann is down-to-earth, goal-oriented, concentrated and relaxed. He is open to criticism and self-critical and constantly tries to improve. He doesn’t see himself as the star of a club, but as a team player who owes his club, his teammates and the fans a debt.