5 (five) facts about French hero Antoine Griezmann TrendyVoice

26 June 2016

5 (five) facts about French hero Antoine Griezmann

Here are five facts about Antoine Griezmann who rode to
France's rescue with a second-half double to dig
the Euro 2016 hosts out of trouble and reach the
quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over the Republic of
Ireland on Sunday.

• Too small

The scene of Griezmann's heroics were
particularly sweet for the Atletico Madrid forward
as he grew up a huge Lyon fan. He even trained
with the French team a youngster, but was never
offered a deal because hew as considered too
"It was our biggest mistake in years, a historic
mistake," Lyon's chief scout Gerard Bonneau told
Spanish newspaper AS.
Griezmann, 25, joined Spanish club Real
Sociedad when he was 13 and went on to make
over 200 appearances for the Basques before
joining Atletico for 30 million euros in 2014.
Lyon were on the receiving end of Griezmann's
talents as he scored a spectacular overhead
volley in a Champions League playoff which took
Sociedad into the group stages in 2013.

• Spanish temper

Despite spending all of his adult life in Spain,
Griezmann insisted he was not tempted to switch
allegiance to the European champions, but has
developed a Spanish temperament.
"I think in French, but I get angry in Spanish," he
told Le Parisien before the tournament.
"I've always had the same idea (to) play for Les
Bleus because I was born in France and grew up
watching the likes of (Zinedine) Zidane and
(Thierry) Henry during the 1998 World Cup, so
my dream is to live and repeat that with the
French shirt."

• World's top three

Griezmann has scored 57 goals in two seasons at
Atletico to be hailed as a worthy heir to star
strikers such as a young Fernando Torres, Sergio
Aguero, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone believes only Real
Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel
Messi can be considered better than Griezmann.
"He has worked very hard, pushed himself and
knows how to listen," said Simeone.
"The best way to improve in any job is to listen.
Without doubt he is one of the best three players
in the world."

• Mate lover

Griezmann's ability to adjust to hispanic culture
even stretches to South America as he enjoys a
particularly close relationship with Atletico's
array of Argentines and Uruguayans.
He is often seen supping on Mate - a herby
caffeine rich hot drink popular with South
American players.
"I don't change my habits. I have a mate every
morning with (Diego) Godin and (Jose) Gimenez,"
he said before Atletico's Champions League final
with Real Madrid.

• New contract

Despite the immense disappointment of missing
a penalty in normal time as Atletico lost to bitter
local rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League
final for the second time in three seasons,
Griezmann's 32-goal season with Atletico has
been rewarded with a new bumper contract until

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