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Antoine Griezmann is one of the most coveted soccer players in the world. According to the “People with Money” list, he is the highest paid footballer in 2019. But the beginnings of his career were difficult. His talent was denied in his home country of France, and only when he moved to Spain at the age of 14 did he open the door to professional football.
Antoine Griezmann was born in Mâcon, France, on March 21, 1991. He is the second of three children and grew up with his parents Alain and Isabelle Griezmann up to the age of 14 with his older sister and younger brother. Antoine Griezmann probably inherited his passion for football from his Portuguese grandfather Amaro Lopez, who once played as a celebrated central defender in the Portuguese national team.
The desire to become a professional footballer came up with the 1998 World Cup when Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry inspire the young Antoine Griezmann. As a big fan of Lyon, Antoine Griezmann did a trial training as a teenager to be accepted into the club’s academy. He was rejected because Antoine was very small and thin for his age. He then played for his home club UF Mâcon for a few years.
His career started when he won the scout of Real Sociedad San Sebastián, Eric Olhats, at a screening tournament in Paris at the age of 14. Antoine Griezmann leaves his home country full of courage and zeal and moves to his discoverer in Spain. Meanwhile, his parents are left in France.
From 2005 to 2009 Antoine Griezmann was an integral part of Real Sociedad San Sebastián’s juniors. From 2009 he played for the senior team and scored 46 goals in 180 games until 2014. In 2014 Antoine Griezmann moved to Atlético Madrid and improved his goal rate there to 94 goals in 2019 in 180 games.
Antoine Griezmann made his professional debut on November 6, 2009 on matchday two 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 is promoted to the Primera División after the season. Antoine Griezmann initially had some difficulties in securing a regular place. It was only in the 2011/12 season that he won a regular place. The 2013/14 season is his final breakthrough – at the end of the season he is celebrated 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 then spurned him as a teenager.
After moving to Atlético Madrid in the 2014/15 season, Antoine Griezmann again has difficulties finding his place in the team. With a lot of ambition and will, he succeeds and when he switches to FC Barcelona for the 2019/20 season, he 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 will take place in 2016, 2018 and 2019. In 2016 Antoine Griezmann was awarded the French national team vice-European champion and the “golden shoe” for best player in the European championship. He is subsequently named France’s Footballer of the Year. In 2018 France made the big coup and ANtoine Griezmann became world champion with his French colleagues. In the finals of the world championship he was elected “Man of the Match” and he received the “silver shoe” and the “bronze ball” of the world championship. His move to FC Barcelona in 2019 crowns Antoine Griezmann’s career.
Antoine Griezmann is known for, compared to some other colleagues, living a down-to-earth life, constantly working on himself, being a pronounced 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 private life, I will also be happy professionally.”
– “Every training session I try to improve my weaknesses and develop 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.”
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Even if ANtoine Griezmann’s main goal is to become Footballer of the Year and to hold the Ballon d’Or in his hands, he has won the Player of the Month Award more often than Messi. With his SpongeBob underwear that he wears every game because he’s superstitious, and with hard work, he may reach his goal later this season.
Because Antoine Griezmann is down-to-earth, determined, focused and relaxed. He is critical and self-critical and tries to constantly improve. He does not see himself as the star of a club but as a team player who has a debt to his club and his teammates and fans.