Antoine Griezmann was a promising young football player. When he was called into the French squad that heading to England for the European Championships in 2010. Although France did not perform well at the tournaments, Griezmann did score one goal and provided a boost to the French team which had qualified from their group of footballing nations. Antoine Griezmann has gone on to become one of the most popular and successful players in the history of the game and many consider him to be one of the best in his position today. Antoine Griezmann biography, Early Life, Wife, Club & International Career, Salary is discussed below:
Born on March 21, 1991, in Macon, France, to his parents, Alain Griezmann (father) and Isabelle Griezmann (mother), Griezmann had his roots connected to football from his maternal side. His father was a town councilor, with German roots while his mother, an ex-hospital staff originates from Portugal. Her father played football for the Portuguese club, F.C. Pacos de Ferreira. When he emigrated to France, in 1957, Griezmann’s mother was born.
Griezmann began his football career at an early age at UF Macon. He tried to earn places in youth academies around the country but was turned down due to his size. He got his breakthrough when he played for Montpellier Herault Sport Club against Paris Saint-Germain youth academy. Griezmann put up an impressive performance that caught the attention of scouts of the Spanish club, Real Sociedad. Griezmann was approached and was offered a week trial, which was extended to two weeks. After the trial period elapsed, his parents were offered a youth contract which will take young Griezmann to Spain. His parents agreed to the contract and young Griezmann went on to Spain.
At Real Sociedad, Griezmann went to school during the day and trained in the evening. He had to wait for 4 years before he debuted in the team’s first team.
In the 77th minute of a Copa del Rey game against Rayo Vallecano, Griezmann came in as a substitute, thus making his competitive debut. He went on to debut in La Liga four days later. He thus became a regular starter for the team. In April 2010, Griezmann signed a five-year contract with Real Sociedad, with a €30 million release clause.
In July 2014, the fellow La Liga club Atletico Madrid paid close to €30 million for Griezmann to make the move to the club. After passing the club’s medical evaluation, Griezmann signed a six-year contract with Atletico.
During his second season with Atletico Madrid, Griezmann was off with a fiery start which made the world reckon with his skill and agility. He further proves his caliber as one of the best forwards in the world after his two strikes help eliminate Barcelona from the UEFA Champions League in a quarterfinal match.
In his final season at Atletico, the 2018/19 season, he helped Atletico clinch a 4-3 win over Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup. At the end of the season, Griezmann had scored 130 goals which made him Atletico Madrid’s fifth highest goal scorer. In May 2019, he announced to the dismay of Atletico Madrid fans that he will leave the club for La Liga rivals Barcelona.
In July 2019, it was announced that Barcelona had signed Griezmann after paying the €120 million buyout clause. His transfer was controversial as Atletico Madrid said the buyout clause paid by Barcelona was meant to be €200 million since Griezmann agreed to the move before July 1 when his buyout clause was reduced from €200 million to €120 million.
Griezmann currently plays for Barcelona and wears the number 17 jersey.
Though he was not noticed by French youth clubs due to his stay in Spain, Griezmann was invited to the French U-19 side after his success at Real Sociedad in 2010. He played for France in the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. Griezmann at certain times contemplated switching allegiance to the Portuguese National side. In February 2014, he received the call to play for the French senior side he went on to play in the 2014 World Cup, the Euro 2016, the 2018 World Cup, and the inaugural 2019 Nations League.
Griezmann has a net worth that totals $60 million. He receives an annual salary of $27 million which makes him among the top 10 highest paid footballers. His net worth is boosted by his endorsement deals with brands such as Gillette and Huawei.