Antoine Griezmann Biography
Antoine Griezmann is a French professional footballer. He plays as a forward for Atlético Madrid and the French national team. He scored four goals during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and won the Bronze Ball as the third best player of the tournament. He was also named the man of the match in his country’s final match.
Griezmann is a former French youth international, representing his country at under-19, under-20 and under-21 level, and was part of the team that won the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship on home soil. He earned his first cap for the senior national team in 2014, and featured heavily at that year’s World Cup, helping his country to the quarter-finals. At UEFA Euro 2016, Griezmann shone as a member of the French hosts that finished runners-up in the competition. He was voted the Player of the Tournament, and gained the award for top scorer.
Antoine Griezmann Age
Griezmann was born on 21 March 1991 in Mâcon, France. He is 27 years old as of 2018.
Antoine Griezmann Parents| Antoine Griezmann Family
Griezmann is from a family of three, born to mother Isabelle, a former hospital cleaner of Portuguese descent and father Alain, a town councillor who originated from Münster, Germany, hence the Germanic surname. His maternal grandfather was a Portuguese footballer for F.C. Paços de Ferreira.
Antoine Griezmann Sister | Siblings
The footballer has two siblings: Maud Griezmann and brother Théo Griezmann. His sister Maude was a survivor of the siege of the Bataclan theatre in the November 2015 Paris attacks, which took place as he was playing against Germany at the Stade de France, which was also a site of an explosion in the same attacks. She is studying to become his image rights manager, while his younger brother, Théo, plays for Sporting Mâcon, an amateur Portuguese club.
Antoine Griezmann Wife| Girlfriend
He began dating Erika Choperena, a Spanish native of the Basque Country in 2011 and they got married on 15 June 2017 at a secret ceremony in Toledo at the 11th century Palacio de Galiana.
Choperena is a Spanish child psychologist. She studied education in San Sebastian and upon completion of her studies and became a child psychologist. She also ran a beauty blog called Cordialmente Erika, but was forced to deactivate it in 2014 when news of her relationship with Griezmann became public and the site became inundated with visitors.
Despite her husband’s celebrity status, Choperena likes to remain out of the limelight, with Ludivine Sagna (the wife of Griezmann’s France team-mate Bacary Sagna) telling TV show Touche pas a Mon Sport that she is “very kind but very discreet.”
How they met
Griezmann and Choperena met while the France forward was playing for Real Sociedad and she was studying in San Sebastian. They began dating soon after. As she is Spanish and he is French, the couple are raising Mia to be bilingual.
He admitted in his autobiography that he pursued her before she eventually agreed to go out with him: “For a year and a half, I sent her messages, I tried to seduce her. We have been together since December 27, 2011.” When he joined Atletico Madrid in 2014, Erika moved with him. Just a month before their wedding in July 2017, Griezmann signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid, keeping him at the club until 2022.
Erika supported Griezmann at Euro 2016, and accompanied him to the end of year gala where he was named the second best player in Europe – runner-up to Cristiano Ronaldo. Despite attending France games to support her husband, Choperena is rarely spotted at Atletico Madrid games as she prefers to keep a low profile and distance herself from the paparazzi.
— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) March 8, 2017
Griezmann’s love for his partner saw him receive a €500 fine from the Spanish football association in March 2017, after he celebrated a goal by lifting up his jersey to reveal the message “‘Feliz Cumple Gordita’ (Happy Birthday Chubby)”.
Antoine Griezmann Height
He is 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) tall.
Antoine Griezmann Religion
Griezmann is a Roman Catholic.
Antoine Griezmann Foot
The footballer prefers to use his left foot while playing.
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Antoine Griezmann Salary
According to the Atletico Madrid players salaries 2018/19, Griezmann receives a weekly payment of £342,307 which translates to a yearly salary of £17,800,000. When he moved to Atletico Madrid in 2014, he was offered a whopping €30 million transfer fee which was a club record at that time. In 2017, a report stated that his release clause has been increased to €100 million. He is the highest paid player in his club.
Antoine Griezmann Club
Griezmann currently plays for the following clubs;
- Atlético Madrid
#7 / Forward
- France national football team
#7 / Midfielder, Forward
Antoine Griezmann Portugal
Antoine Griezmann is France’s hero but his roots are in Portugal
The player’s own history with the country Portugal is deep rooted, writes Adam Bate. In some respects, Macon is quintessential France. Situated in the heart of the country in the southern Burgundy region, it’s a town of 40,000 people, a short drive from Lyon and surrounded by vineyards. It was here that Antoine Griezmann, Euro 2016 top scorer and France’s newest hero, honed his skills.
But while it’s at Union Football Maconnais where Griezmann’s Real Sociedad shirt adorns the wall – complete with a signature and the line “for the team that made me” – it’s at the town’s smaller club where his journey really began. Sporting Macon is the town’s Portuguese community club.
This is where Griezmann’s brother Theo still plays his football. The Portuguese contingent in Macon is strong and the football roots firm. Among the first to emigrate there was Griezmann’s own grandfather, Amaro Lopes, a “tough but fair” defender for Paco de Ferreira in the Portuguese top flight.
Amaro emigrated to France with his wife Carolina in 1957, part of a wave of families fleeing the dictatorship of Antonio de Oliveira Salazar. Griezmann’s uncle Jose recalls his parents helping with the paperwork to get others to safety in France. Amaro died in 1992 but his efforts are remembered – an annual tournament is still played in Macon in his honour.
It’s a history of which Griezmann – he would be called Antoine Lopes Griezmann if he’d adopted the Portuguese naming custom – is well aware. Indeed, according to his uncle, he even briefly considered representing Portugal during the period in which he was banned by France for being among those who visited a nightclub on Under-20 duty in 2013.
Instead, Didier Deschamps acted quickly in awarding Griezmann his senior debut just a month after the ban was lifted and the player found himself up against Portugal later that year. “It will be special because of my grandfather,” he told L’Equipe at the time. “I’m going to think about it when I take the field. I do not know how to honour him.”
Antoine Griezmann Atletico
On 28 July 2014, Atlético Madrid reached an agreement with Real Sociedad for the transfer of Griezmann, for a fee believed to be close to his €30 million (£24 million) buy-out clause. He passed the medical examination the same day and signed a six-year contract on 29 July.
Griezmann made his competitive debut in the first leg of the 2014 Supercopa de España on 19 August, a 1–1 draw away to Real Madrid, replacing Saúl after 57 minutes. On 17 September, he scored his first goal for the club, in a Champions League group stage match against Olympiacos, in a game which Atlético eventually lost 3–2.
Griezmann netted a brace in a 4–2 win over Córdoba on 1 November, his first league goals for the club. On 21 December 2014, he scored his first La Liga hat-trick as Atlético won 4–1 at Athletic Bilbao, having trailed at half-time. He was the La Liga Player of the Month for January 2015 despite appearing in only three of Atlético’s five matches.
On 25 April 2015, Griezmann scored a brace against Elche in a 3–0 home win, bringing him to a total of 22 goals in the league season, overtaking Karim Benzema for the highest total by a French player in a single Spanish top-division campaign. He finished the season with 22 goals in 37 games, and was selected as the only Atlético player and one of three forwards in the Team of the Year at the LFP Awards, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
On 22 August 2015, Griezmann scored the only goal as Atlético began the season with a home victory over promoted Las Palmas. He scored both of the goals on 15 September, as they won at Galatasaray in the Champions League group stage. A week later, he repeated the feat to defeat local neighbours Getafe and put Atlético on top of the league. On 18 October, in his return to Real Sociedad, Griezmann chipped goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli in the ninth minute of a 2–0 win (he did not celebrate the goal).
On 27 February 2016, Griezmann scored the only goal as Atlético won away to Real Madrid. On 13 April, he scored both goals in a 2–0 quarter-final second leg win at the Vicente Calderón Stadium that knocked holders Barcelona out of the Champions League. On 3 May, he scored the decisive away goal against Bayern Munich in the semi-final second leg at the Allianz Arena to send Atlético to the final.
Griezmann hit the crossbar with a penalty two minutes into the second half with his team trailing 1–0 against Real Madrid in the Champions League final at Milan’s San Siro on 28 May. He scored in the penalty shootout after the match had ended 1–1 after extra time, but Atlético ultimately lost 5–3.
On 23 June 2016, Griezmann signed a new contract with Atlético, which would keep him at the club until 2021. On 1 November 2016, Griezmann scored both of Atlético’s goals (with his second in the 93rd minute) in their 2–1 home win against Rostov in a 2016–17 Champions League Group D match (in which he was voted the Player of the Match) to enable Atlético to progress to the round of 16 with two matches to spare.
However, after another trophyless season, and amid speculation that he could leave Atlético for Manchester United after the conclusion of the 2016–17 season, he extended his contract at the club by one year in June 2017, after learning that Atletico were given a transfer ban and that they could not sign a replacement. His reported release clause was also raised to €100 million (£87 million).
On 19 August 2017, Griezmann earned his first red card during a draw against Girona and received a two-match ban. He was initially booked for diving, but was later given a second booking for using foul language toward the referee. He was named La Liga Player of the Month for February 2018 after registering eight goals and two assists during the period, including scoring seven in four days (a hat-trick against Sevilla and four against Leganes).
He scored in the first leg of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League semi-final away to Arsenal and assisted Diego Costa for the only goal in the return, contributing to Atléti’s 2–1 aggregate victory and progression to the final, held in Lyon and against French opposition in Olympique Marseille; he then scored a brace in the final as his club claimed the trophy for the third time in nine years.
He signed a contract extension at Atletico Madrid until 2023 on 19 June, 2018. This was after rejecting a move to the Camp Nou.
Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann
The two french football teammates are good friends who often hang out together. Paul Pogba is also a Manchester United midfielder. The two, who can be described as best friends, have been spotted severally enjoying their rides together, singing and dancing in laughter.
Antoine Griezmann France
Griezmann was chosen for France as they hosted UEFA Euro 2016, and started the opening game, a 2–1 win over Romania. For their performances, he and Paul Pogba were benched for the next game against Albania at the Stade Vélodrome; Griezmann came on in place of Olivier Giroud in the second half and headed Adil Rami’s cross with the first shot on target in the last minute to open a 2–0 win.
In the last 16 against the Republic of Ireland in Lyon, he scored twice as the French recovered from a half-time deficit to win 2–1, and was also fouled by Shane Duffy who was given a straight red card.
On 3 July, Griezmann assisted Pogba and Dimitri Payet before scoring himself in a 5–2 quarter-final win over Iceland; it was his first goal at the Stade de France. In the semi-finals against Germany four days later, he scored twice in a 2–0 victory to lead France to their third European Championship final.
Following a 1–0 defeat to Portugal in the final on 10 July, Griezmann won the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer, with six goals and two assists in seven games, and was named the tournament’s best player, also being named to the team of the tournament. His tally at the tournament was second only to the nine goals by compatriot Michel Platini at Euro 1984.
On 17 May 2018, he was called up to the 23-man France squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He went ahead and played and for his efforts, Griezmann was named man of the match, and was also voted the third best player in the tournament behind Luka Modrić and Eden Hazard, receiving the Bronze Ball.
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Antoine Griezmann 2018 Ballon d’Or Nomination
Since 1956, the biggest individual prize in football has always been the Ballon d’Or.
Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the award in the last decade – the duo winning all 10 of the last awards – the Golden Ball is once more on offer in Paris on December 3.
This year’s 30-man shortlist was announced in early October 2018. The list is compiled by the editorial staff of the French publication France Football, with the winner voted for by journalists from around the world, with one representative per nation. It was first won by Sir Stanley Matthews.
The players, managers and journalists that are chosen to vote for the award allocate five, three and one point to three nominated players, and the player with the highest number of points wins.
Here’s the full list of nominees…
- ANTOINE GRIEZMANN (Atletico Madrid)
- KYLIAN MBAPPE (PSG)
- THIBAUT COURTOIS (Real Madrid)
- HARRY KANE (Tottenham Hotspur)
- EDEN HAZARD (Chelsea)
- RAPHAEL VARANE (Real Madrid)
- GARETH BALE (Real Madrid)
- SERGIO AGUERO (Manchester City)
- ALISSON BECKER (Liverpool)
- KARIM BENZEMA (Real Madrid)
- EDINSON CAVANI (Paris Saint-Germain)
- CRISTIANO RONALDO (Juventus)
- KEVIN DE BRUYNE (Manchester City)
- ROBERTO FIRMINO (Liverpool)
- DIEGO GODIN (Atletico Madrid)
- ISCO (Real Madrid)
- N’GOLO KANTE (Chelsea)
- HUGO LLORIS (Tottenham)
- MARIO MANDZUKIC (Juventus)
- SADIO MANE (Liverpool)
- MARCELO (Real Madrid)
- LIONEL MESSI (Barcelona)
- LUKA MODRIC (Real Madrid)
- NEYMAR (Paris Saint-Germain)
- JAN OBLAK (Atletico de Madrid)
- PAUL POGBA (Manchester United)
- IVAN RAKITIC (Barcelona)
- SERGIO RAMOS (Real Madrid)
- MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)
- LUIS SUAREZ (Barcelona)
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Antoine Griezmann rules out ever joining Arsenal for one specific reason
A section of Antoine Griezmann’s new autobiography will have Arsenal supporters wincing – as the 2016 Ballon d’Or nominee recounts waiting on a move to the north London club only to be snubbed.
Griezmann writes about how in the summer of 2013 he had attracted interest from Arsenal, with his former agent Eric Olhats in contact with Gilles Grimandi. The France striker was in superb form having scored 10 goals in La Liga for Real Sociedad and was weighing up whether or not to stay at the Anoeta Stadium.
Arsenal were meanwhile looking to sign a new striker after seeing their now infamous bid of £40m plus £1 turned down by Liverpool. Griezmann was aware of their interest and was keen on speaking to Arsene Wenger – only for the club to stall on making a decision before rejecting him.
“I waited, I waited, and I kept waiting,” he recounts in his autobiography. “When there was no news, Eric called Grimandi, who said that the manager was still interested in me [and] to keep waiting.
“Finally a few hours before the market closed, he let us know Arsenal would not make a move. I don’t like to be told something and for it not to happen. “So when Eric told me later that the London club were interested again I told him ‘Forget it, after the blow they gave us’.”
In the end Griezmann decided to stay at Sociedad for another season before moving to Atlético Madrid, where he has scored 89 goals in three-and-a-half seasons and cemented his reputation as one of the finest players in the world.
Arsenal meanwhile decided to sign Yaya Sanogo – now of Toulouse – instead.