Antoine Griezmann (21-3-1991, Ma Ermont, France) He finished 20-23 in which he was the top scorer (21) and the first assistant in the Liga (16). No one contributed more than him. A wonderful year in which He has reached Luis Aragon Ermes as the highest scorer in the history of Atletico de Madrid (173). His departure in 2019 was a very hard blow for mattress fans, but since he returned two years later He managed to restore the stands with work, performance and football. French, Ace sports award for the best and most decisive football player in the league 2022-23, He attended this newspaper and regained a smile that betrays him and cannot erase from his face: Atletico is his home and he is happy again. He still remembers the first big applause in his second stage, on May 15, 2022 against Sevilla in the last league match 2021-22 at the Metropolitano. “I still didn’t deserve it, but it gave me strength,” he repeats in a proverb. But I already do. He got all the applause and show of affection. His story is the best example that the second parts can be good, even better than the first.
The year 2023 has been great for Antoine Griezmann.
Yeah. He is good on a personal level, but he is eager to achieve important things for the team. I keep working and trying to get in the best shape possible, trying to help the team with the things that can be seen on and off the pitch and it’s time to keep working.
Can you imagine such a show of affection?
I don’t know if it’s that much, because the truth is that people’s affection is incredible, both outside and on the stadium itself. I knew that I would work a lot to regain this affection, this connection with the fans, and I trusted myself in everything that I was going to give for him.
Which one has touched your heart the most?
I think it could be last year, when I talk in the documentary (Another way to understand life) From such applause that for me it is still not worth it. I left quickly because I felt that way, but it gave me confidence and the desire to return to the next season and do everything as best as possible. Now every time I score a goal or they see me working and running, they sing to me… It’s an incredible thing… I can’t explain it.
What is your goal this season?
Try to win titles with this club. To do everything possible. We have Inter in the knockout stages of the Champions League, they are a difficult opponent, but they are similar to us. And in La Liga we want to be as close as possible to the end, because until the end anything can happen.
He has spoken at times that he would like to renew and finish his European stage at Atletico.
Yes, that’s what I said. I know the club supports the ability to make an effort and we will talk about that. Outside of Europe, what I would like Later is the American League (American League), I have always realized that. But Atletico will be almost one hundred percent my last club in Europe. It’s where I want to be, where I look happiest and here I am at home.
“Atletico will be almost one hundred percent my last club in Europe”
Years ago he said that he ate at the table of Messi and Cristiano. Do you share a table with Mbappe Bell and Bellingham?
I don’t know if I’m here or not. This phrase has been used a lot and is a way of self-expression. In the end, everyone thinks about the table at which they are and should have fun. Now I look very good, at a very high level and have a lot of fun. We’ll see at the end of the season, this is about the seasons and we’ll see where I am personally. In the end, it is also you (the media) who will say who is at his table and then a public opinion is formed for everyone. But the truth is that I am fine and very happy and when I said that I was thinking about it, because I was in a very good moment.
But can we say that Griezmann, Mbappe and Bellingham share the same level today?
It depends, they are very different players for me. If we talk about what they do for the team it can be. I’m doing well, I’m really enjoying my game and I hope I can go up another step, because I think I have it.
The The award is given to him as… He is the best player in the Liiga in the 2022-23 season.
Yes, it’s an amazing thing. I think it’s the first time I’ve been hired and I’m very happy. This means that I am in a good moment and I should enjoy it.
Is this the happiest moment of your career?
Yeah. I was also happy at the first stage here at Atleti. I think I’m happy now, but on top of that, I really realize that I’m happy. Then you enjoy it more and have a great time, because at the first stage I didn’t realize how happy I was.
Going out and coming back helped him to live more.
Yes, that’s right. When you go outside you realize more. You are happy here, but you don’t realize it and live your day to day. When you go out and go to a bad stage, you realize what it was, what it was and try to return to this affection, this level and now I wake up every morning and enjoy everything: to go to the hill for training, wear this armor, be with my teammates, be with this coach… My family is also very happy here.
Are you planning to participate in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games?
We need to talk to the club. But it’s a goal for me, it’s a dream. I’d like that.
“It’s a dream to be able to participate in these Olympic Games”
He lacks titles with Atletico.
It’s something that needs to be pursued. I wake up every morning to get it.
When did you realize how close you are to the Louis Aragon ERMS record?
I haven’t thought about it. In the summer, knowing that I was 16 goals behind, maybe yes, I thought that if I had a good season I could achieve it. But I didn’t see myself getting it in December. When you have something in your head you are approaching the box, to the opponent’s goal and you want to score goals.
He is associated with Louis of Aragon ERMS. What does it mean to become Atletico’s all-time top scorer?
I still don’t think about it much. I don’t want to get ahead of things either, but it will be an inexplicable thing of emotions and everything. I would prefer that day to come and enjoy it to the fullest.
When you left San Sebastian, did you ever imagine reaching such a high level at Atletico and being the emblem of the club?
The fact is that it is not so important for the coach, his teammates and the club. But I knew that he would be a player who would fight to bring joy to his people, to be important, to always try to put the club at the highest possible level. I’ve always dreamed of that. But to become the club’s top scorer and fight for everything I never imagined.
What do you want from 2024?
Joy for everyone who loves football. Cheers to everyone. And joys for Mattress Makers.
Follow As a daily channel on WhatsApp, Where you will find all the sports keys of the day.