Antoine Griezmann is some player. He never looks flustered in front of goal.
The deal that never happened with Griezmann still hurts me a little. He was my dream signing 😢
— Sadikshya (@Sadikshya_) 16 May 2018
This season, the Frenchman has scored 32 goals for club and country. In a World Cup year that tally is likely to continue to grow.
Tonight, however, Griezmann probably played his last game for Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone’s men beat Ligue 1 outfit Marseille 3-0 in the Europa League final, thanks to two goals from the former Real Sociedad striker.
Griezmann, 27, was alert for the first goal as he pounced on a defensive error to stun their French opponents.
— Jonah Takalua (@Destaquito2) 16 May 2018
The second goal shows just how calm he is in front of goal. There’s not many teams in world football that would put their nose up to a player of his quality, and United certainly aren’t one of them.
— FootySays (@Footy_Says) 16 May 2018
Griezmann’s performance tonight will push headlines that will suggest Manchester United will reignite their interest in the Atletico forward, but they’re going to face stiff competition from Barcelona, as per the Independent.
That’s a nice goodbye present from Griezmann
— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) 16 May 2018
However, in the lead up to Wednesday night’s Europa League final, Griezmann said Simeone reminds him of Sir Alex Ferguson, as cited by Sky Sports.
“What ‘Cholo’ (Simeone) is doing for the club is historic,” Griezmann told UEFA. “It’s like what (Sir Alex) Ferguson did with Manchester United and hopefully he will win trophies and take the team to the top level because he deserves it.
“I hope he will make history with the club because, thanks to him, we are here.
“You learn a lot under (Simeone). I think he’s the best tactical and defensive coach in the world and he shows that year in, year out. It’s a joy to work with him. He identifies every player’s weaknesses and tries to improve them, making you a more complete player.
“He has helped me grow both on a personal and professional level. He will always ask for the best of me and make me do my best, and I’ll always be there to help him and help win the games.”
Wherever Griezmann ends up this summer, United fans will welcome him with open arms at Old Trafford.
I just hope it’s not a matter of United being played so he gets a bigger and better deal, or Griezmann decides to change his mind last minute like last summer.